Sunday night game round-up: Durant catches fire as OKC grab crucial win

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Spurs (2) 97, Thunder (3) 111

Securing an 111-97 win on Sunday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder evened up their Western Conference semi final series against the San Antonio Spurs at 2-2.

It was the visiting Spurs who started the better, and Gregg Popovich's men were up by 10 at the end of the first quarter. Even with OKC outscoring their opponents 60-54 in the next two quarters, they still trailed 81-77 as the final 12 minute period began. And then Kevin Durant caught fire.

The 2014 NBA MVP, who already had 24 points to his name, went a perfect 6-of-6 in the final quarter to add 17 points - one more than the entire Spurs roster - and help the Thunder grab a crucial W. Durant's 41 points equalled his best ever output in a playoff game.

It wasn't only KD who led the Thunder to victory, however. Dion Waiters contributed 17 points while both Russell Westbrook (14 points, 15 assists) and Steven Adams (16 points, 11 rebounds) finished with double-doubles. As a team, OKC shot 50.6 percent on the night.

For San Antonio, Tony Parker top-scored with 22 points. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge weren't far behind with 21 and 20 points respectively.

The Spurs failed to make shots when it mattered, however, and finished just 2-of-12 from three-point range.

Game five takes place on Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Cavaliers (1) 100, Hawks (4) 99

The Cleveland Cavaliers won 100-99 on the road to secure a 4-0 series sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, and book their place in the Eastern Conference Finals for a second straight year.

The Cavs are now a perfect 8-0 in this year's postseason and had LeBron James to thank in the final stages on Sunday night. The four-time MVP scored Cleveland's final four points as they overcame a one point deficit with 1:31 to play.

It was James' fellow 'Big Three' member, Kevin Love, who led the scoring, however, with a 27 point haul to go with 3 rebounds.

LeBron (21 points, 10 rebounds) also finished with a double-double, while Kyrie Irving added 21 points and eight assists in another dominant performance from the Cavs' three star names.

The Hawks outscored Cleveland 50-26 in the paint but, once again, were unable to keep pace from beyond the arc. The Cavs scoring 48 points from three-point range compared to just 27 for Atlanta.

Dennis Schroder led the way for the home team with 21 points but was crowded out on the game's final drive to effectively seal the win for Cleveland. 

Four other Hawks finished in double figures, including Paul Millsap with 19. 

The Cavs will now face the winner of the Raptors vs Heat series in the Conference Finals. 

San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA Playoffs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
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