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#1 von jinshuiqian0713 , 09.10.2018 07:46

SAN ANTONIO -- Back at home, this blowout went to the San Antonio Spurs. Sam Hubbard Bengals Jersey . Now they can clinch their return to the NBA Finals on the road, where they are the ones taking the beatings in these wacky Western Conference finals. "This is the craziest series Ive ever been involved in," veteran Tim Duncan said. The Spurs took a 3-2 lead in it Thursday night after Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Jekyll-and-Hyde series continued between the past two Western Conference champions, as the road team has been thumped in every game of the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City. "I have no clue, honestly," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the disparity. "I think every game, its a different animal. It really is. We talk to our team about that all the time. You have no clue whats going to happen, how a team is going to come out, whether theyre going to be lethargic or hold the ball, get 50/50 balls or dont get 50/50 balls." Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but Russell Westbrook had only 21 points and seven assists after finishing with 40 points and 10 assists in Game 4. Manu Ginobili scored 19 points, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each had 14 and Boris Diaw added 13 for the Spurs, who are a win away from returning to the NBA Finals after losing in seven games to Miami last year. The Spurs returned to the style of play that enabled them to win the series first two games by a combined 52 points. "We gave them everything they wanted," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "They got the dribble drive, they got the 3-point line, and they got to the free-throw line." The Spurs were also 13 for 26 on 3-pointers and outrebounded the Thunder 48-35. San Antonio also limited Oklahoma City to four fast-break points after giving up 21 in Game 4. After losing twice in Oklahoma City by an average of 11 points, San Antonio upped its winning margin in San Antonio to 26.7 points. Oklahoma City had just 34 points in the second half after scoring 32 in the first quarter. "Our shots werent falling for us," Durant said. "Weve got to stay aggressive and weve got to get stops. When we cant make a shot, weve got to play defence, and we didnt tonight." San Antonio outscored Oklahoma City by 10 points in both the second and third quarters, allowing both teams to sit their starters for much of the fourth. Serge Ibaka, who dominated the interior in Oklahoma City, was held to six points and two rebounds. The Spurs started Matt Bonner in place of Tiago Splitter to draw Ibaka out of the paint and it worked early. It also helped defensively, as Ibaka attacked Bonner but missed his first five shots on a series of running hooks. Duncan was also able to help defensively, rolling over to block a layup attempt by Ibaka. "He didnt have the games that he had the last two games, thats pretty clear," Brooks said. "I thought his energy was good. He competed. He missed some shots that he normally makes. (But) it was everybody. It was everybody." San Antonios crowd was raucous from the start, booing Westbrook heavily during pregame introductions and erupting joyously when Green scored the teams first points on a 3-pointer 1 1/2 minutes into the game Oklahoma City withstood the early barrage, going on an 11-2 run for its largest lead of the game. San Antonio kept Westbrook out of the paint early, but that only opened up the lanes for Jackson, who made his first five shots. He had four straight layups and then drained a 3-pointer with Parker closely defending. When asked if San Antonio had done anything differently to keep him out of the paint, Westbrook said, "nothing." Three-point shooting got San Antonio back into the game, as Patty Mills and Green closed the first with consecutive 3s to tie the game at 32-all. Diaws 3 gave San Antonio a 42-37 lead with 6:12left in the first half and resulted in an Oklahoma City timeout. Ginobilis 3 gave a 65-52 lead with 6.9 seconds left in the first half. Ginobilis third 3 gave San Antonio an 87-70 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the third. NOTES: San Antonio used its 31st different starting lineup this season, with Bonner making his first start. He averaged 11.3 minutes in 61 regular-season games but his playing time has been curtailed to 4.8 minutes while appearing in all 16 post-season games. Diaw started in Bonners place in the second half. . Durant was sent back to the sideline after attempting to substitute with 10:29 remaining in the second quarter. A timekeeper told official Tony Brothers that Durant was not at the table in time to enter prior to an inbounds. "I was there," Durant said. "Thats (wrong). You know that." Durant was able to enter about 10 seconds later, however. . Ibaka wore a heating pad on his injured calf when he was not in the game. Cordy Glenn Bengals Jersey . Hernandez (3-0) struck out 11 and shut down Oakland for the second time in a week, becoming the first Mariners pitcher to win three times in the first nine games of a season. With the usual "Kings Court" for Hernandez home starts expanded to a "Supreme Court" encompassing the entire stadium with yellow shirts and "K" cards, Hernandez gave up four hits in the 28th double-digit strikeout game of his career. Billy Price Bengals Jersey . He was signed to help with depth to the receiving corps because of the loss of Shamawd Chambers to the 6-game injured list. http://www.bengalsrookiestore.com/Bengals-Mark-Walton-Jersey/ . Donald Young lost in straight sets to Israels Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0. Querrey, ranked No. 61, is the second-highest ranked American, ahead of Johnson (64).WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games Friday night when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-3 romp. Panik went 4 for 5 in his first four-hit game, highlighted by his three-run shot to centre field. Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently dont have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. During their success streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs. Hudson (9-9) allowed one earned run over 5 1-3 innings for his first since win July 19. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez finished the job for the Giants, who have won six of eight. Doug Fister (12-4) threw six innings and uncharacteristically gave up a pair of homers -- Nos. 12 and 13 allowed this season. The Nationals winning run had become suspense baseball theatre at its best, always with a happy ending for the team in red and white. The staff ERA over during the streak was 1.82, and there were regular Gatorade baths for the player who inevitably would get the game-ending hit. Manager Matt Williams found himself having to answer to a promise he made to a television network earlier this season about doing his famous Babe Ruth impersonation if his team won 10 in aa row. Preston Brown Bengals Jersey. He says hell do it eventually, but that the middle of a pennant race is not "the proper time." Fister looked set to keep it going. He had a 1-0 lead and appeared in little danger when he retired the first two batters of the fourth. He then induced a chopper up the middle from Pablo Sandoval, but the ball bounced so high that it became an infield hit. That was enough to start the game-turning rally. Michael Morse followed with a single, and Panik put the next pitch just right of the 402-foot mark to give the Giants a 3-1 lead. Jayson Werths solo homer led off the fourth to cut the Nationals deficit to one, but Buster Posey matched him in the sixth to make it 4-2. Travis Ishikawa added insurance with a two-run double in the eighth, and the Giants pounded Ross Detwiler for four runs in the ninth. TRAINERS ROOM Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) was moved from the seven-day disabled list to the 15-day DL. He hasnt played since Aug. 6. Nationals: OF Nate McLouth had surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder. "It went fine and its all put back together," Williams said. The Nationals expect McLouth recover in time for spring training. UP NEXT San Franciscos Tim Lincecum (10-8, 4.48 ERA) faces Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.97) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series. 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