SAN ANTONIO -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder moved to the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 in Game 5 on Monday night and moving a victory from a series knockout.
Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in the wildly entertaining Western Conference Finals. Looking invincible while carrying 20-win streak a week ago, the Spurs have lost three in a row and are on the verge of a stunning collapse.
Manu Ginobili scored 34 in a smashing return to the San Antonio starting lineup, but missed the potential game-tying shot in the final seconds.
Game 6 will be Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder can punch their ticket to the NBA Finals in the place they haven't lost all postseason.
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They're bringing home just what they needed: the must-win on the road if they're going to pull this series out.
Oklahoma City pulled it off behind their stars. James Harden scored 20, joining Durant and Westbrook as the only Thunder players in double figures.
Harden hit the biggest shot, draining a 3-pointer with 28.8 seconds remaining that pushed Oklahoma City's lead to five. He admitted afterward that the ball was supposed to go to Durant, but had no choice but to let go with the shot clock winding down and Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard in his face.
"The shot clock was running down and I had to make a play," Harden said. "Leonard was playing great defense on me. I just shot it with confidence. West Conference finals -- that's a big shot."
Tony Parker had 20 points and Tim Duncan had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs.
Oklahoma City set the pace through much of the first half. It was up 26-21 after one quarter and 52-44 at the half, and it went up by 13 points early in the fourth quarter.