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San Antonio Spurs record heavy win in Game 5 against Oklahoma City Thunder

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Tim Duncan scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds in 30 minutes, and Manu Ginobili came off the bench for 19 points and six assists as the Spurs avoided the crash of their season two years ago against Oklahoma City with a 117-89 victory in Game 5 on Thursday.

San Antonio, which blew a 2-0 lead to the Thunder in the WCF two years ago, has Game 7 at home if needed  in a series where the home teams have won by comfortable margins.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points for the Thunder and Russell Westbrook scored 21, but most of it came in the first half while the duo crashed for a combined 15 points in the second half (they came out early in the fourth quarter with the Spurs ahead by 25) Perhaps the Spurs have figured out something with Serge Ibaka. They shot 71 percent in the paint (their best for the 2014 Playoffs), and for the first time in the series they won the points-in-the-paint battle while Ibaka was playing (40-36). Ibaka had two blocked shots, which is the lowest total for him against San Antonio in the playoffs and regular-season.

It was still a ballgame at halftime, when Oklahoma City was down by 10 points. But the Spurs doubled that lead after holding the Thunder to 19 points in the third quarter on 7-for-19 shooting (OKC missed all six 3-pointers) and 5-for-9 from the foul line (including 1-for-4 from the stripe for Durant). After three quarters in Game 5, the Spurs had 94 points; they scored 93 for all of Game 4.

The 71-percent shooting in the paint for San Antonio (2014 playoffs best) followed a 2014-playoffs worst 45 percent in Game 4 at OKC.The 117 points scored by San Antonio matched their average from the wins in Games 1 and 2, and it's 23 points higher than the average from the two games at OKC.  The Spurs have shot better than 50 percent this series in games at AT&T Center, yet less than 40 percent at OKC.

Duncan's double-double is the 154th in his playoff career, which is second all-time behind Magic Johnson (157). It's also his 98th playoff game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (Dirk Nowitzki is second among active players at 64). Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "He never does anything amazing except in the fundamental nature of the way he plays. It's amazing, because so many people don't. He's not going to leap out of the gym, or move as quickly as he used to. But he's still the basis for what we do."