San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/31/14 Game 6
San Antonio Spurs (62-20) at Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
It's do or die for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6.
With the Thunder levelling the series and seemingly holding all of the momentum, the Spurs were able to bounce back in a big way and win the pivotal Game 5 by 117-89. Tim Duncan led the scoring with 22 points while Manu Ginobili added a quick-fire 19 points in just 21 minutes off the bench, but this was a complete team effort as six players finished in double figures. As a team, the Spurs shot 51.3 percent from the field and a sizzling 13 of 26 from the three-point line, but the biggest difference between the teams was the level of desperation and urgency that the Spurs showed compared to the Thunder. Another important change was coach Popovic's decision to insert Matt Bonner into the starting lineup which drew Serge Ibaka away from the basket and basically left him as a non-factor for the entire game.
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As for the Thunder, Kevin Durant led the way with 25 points while Russell Wesbrook added 21 points and seven assists, but overall, the Thunder just didn't look engaged. It's amazing how much of an effect the home crowd has had on both teams in this series, but it was evident once again in the fifth straight blowout in this series. After pouring in 32 points in the first quarter, the Thunder simply fizzled out and got slower and slower as the game wore down, capped off by a 15-point fourth quarter. With the loss, OKC snap a six-game win streak over San Antonio when Ibaka is in uniform.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are only 4-12-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and just 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Spurs looked as good as ever in Game 5, but given the way that this series has gone, you can basically lock the Thunder in for a double-digit win at home.