The Oklahoma City Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs 112-107 in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Saturday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook had 34 points and Kevin Durant had 31, but the two combined for 14 of OKC’s 19 turnovers, and were a combined 1-10 from the field in the overtime period.
Boris Diaw led San Antonio with 26 points, while Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard added 17 points.
San Antonio wins the series 4 games to 2 and will face Miami in the NBA Finals starting Thursday in San Antonio.
In what was easily the most entertaining and competitive game of the series, the Thunder took a 49-42 lead to halftime, even though only four OKC players scored points in the half.
The Spurs took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Thunder 37-20, and ending the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
San Antonio built the lead to 12 early in the final quarter and appeared to be on their way to pulling away.
OKC responded down the stretch, with Westbrook and Durant doing most of the scoring in the final minutes of regulation.
A Durant layup gave OKC a 99-97 lead, but San Antonio responded with a three-pointer from Manu Ginobili to take a 100-99 lead.
Durant then turned the ball over, one of his seven turnovers for the night, and Ginobili was fouled with 14 seconds left.
He made one of two free throws, and the Thunder had a chance to tie or take the lead.
Westbrook was fouled and made two free throws to tie the game at 101 with 9 seconds to play.
The Spurs had a chance to win it, but Ginobili missed, and a Duncan tip-in was after the buzzer, sending the game to overtime tied at 101.
Overtime was controlled by San Antonio.
OKC made just of 1 of 11 shots in the overtime, with 10 of those taken by Durant and Westbrook.
Both OKC’s All-Stars had seven turnovers each, with OKC turning the ball over 19 times and the Spurs scoring 33 points off the turnovers.
Two other Thunder players scored in double figures, with Reggie Jackson scoring 21 and Serge Ibaka had 16.
The bench scoring revealed the series difference as much as anything, with San Antonio outscoring the Thunder 51-5.
The five bench points came from Thunder guard Derek Fisher, who likely played his last NBA game on Saturday night.
He’s expected to retire and is a candidate to become an NBA head coach, possibly with New York.
The Thunder actually outshot the Spurs 43 percent to 40 percent, but San Antonio outrebounded OKC by four and outscored them in the paint 44-34.
Westbrook was just 8 for 23 from the field and made only one of six three-point attempts.
The Spurs will face Miami in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals won by the Heat.
It’s the first time San Antonio has ever made back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals.
The Thunder finished the 2014 playoffs 1-4 in overtime games, tying the NBA record for overtime games in one postseason.
Durant and Westbrook both scored over 30 points in the same game for the eighth time in the playoffs, the second most by a duo in NBA history.
For the first time this season, the Thunder’s bench did not score a point in the first half.