SAN ANTONIO: Tim Duncan tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs routed Oklahoma City 117-89 to move within one win of reaching the NBA finals for the second straight year. Guard Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 19 points for the Spurs who connected on an impressive 51 percent of their shots from the field on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final series. “This is the craziest series I have ever been involved in, with the back and forth lead changes,” Duncan said. “I don’t know how to explain it.” The home team has won the first five games of this series, and the Thunder hope the trend continues Saturday in a must-win game six in Oklahoma City. “Obviously, it seems like the home court motivates both teams pretty well,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “They both look like they feel pretty comfortable playing at home.” San Antonio reached the finals last season, in which they lost in closely-fought seven game series to the Miami Heat. After Thursday’s drubbing, San Antonio is just pleased they don’t have to answer any more questions about their 2012… Read full this story
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