The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed Serge Ibaka back in the lineup, and the forward hit his first five shots on the way to 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks as OKC beat San Antonio 106-97 in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Sunday night at Chesapeake Arena.
San Antonio still leads the series two games to one, but OKC kept alive hope to win the series with an impressive performance in Game 3.
After missing the first two games of the series with a strained calf, Ibaka was back on the floor and made his presence felt from the beginning of the game, on both ends of the floor.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 25 points and added 10 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.
The Thunder went on a 13-2 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good, leading by four at halftime, and built a 10-point lead early in the third quarter behind an 8-0 run.
At one point early in the third quarter, Durant and Westbrook combined to score 21 points in a row for OKC as athe lead built to 10.
A 14-2 run early in the fourth quarter got the lead to 17, and it eventually reached 20 as OKC took control.
Reggie Jackson started as well for OKC and had 15 points and 5 assists.
Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 23 points, hitting 6 of 9 from three-point range, but the Spurs other two big stars were held in check.
Tim Duncan had just 16 points, while Tony Parker had just 9 points on 4-of-13 field goal shooting.
Game 4 is Tuesday night at 8:00 at Chesapeake Arena.