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Spurs Take 2-0 Lead on Thunder in NBA Western Conference Finals

May 30, 2012

Tony Parker scored 34 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 for their second straight victory in the National Basketball Association’s Western Conference finals.

The Spurs lead the best-of-seven series two-games-to-none after earning their 20th consecutive victory. The Thunder host Game 3 tomorrow.

The winner of the series will play the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Eastern Conference finals resume today in Miami with the Heat leading 1-0.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 20 points last night for the Spurs, who had a 55-44 halftime advantage at AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Spurs shot 55 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers in the game.

The Spurs had a 22-point lead, 80-58, with four minutes, 47 seconds left in the third quarter on Boris Diaw’s layup. The advantage dwindled to six points at 99-93 on Russell Westbrook’s free throws with 5:39 left in the fourth period. Oklahoma City could get no closer.

Kevin Durant had 31 points, James Harden added 30 and Westbrook scored 27 points for the Thunder.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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