OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder put an end to the Spurs 20-game winning streak with a 102-82 Game 3 victory in the Western Conference Finals.
Oklahoma City cut its series deficit to 2-1 behind Kevin Durant’s 22 points and Thabo Sefolosha’s playoff career best 19 points and six steals.
Spurs guard Tony Parker said the Thunder played with “more passion” and it showed through their defensive effort.
The Thunder played aggressively, forcing 21 turnovers.
“We just played a good basketball game,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. “We played with a lot of force, we played with good energy, but we played defensive-minded basketball.”
San Antonio averaged 46 points in the paint in the first two games of the series but the Thunder held them to 24 points on Thursday night.
“We wanted to bounce back after two losses like that,” Sefolosha said. “We had to play better and we did that tonight.”
The Thunder will host Game 4 of the series on Saturday night at 7:30pm.