Kevin Durant has a big game to help the Thunder tie series with the Spurs

 Kevin Durant has a big game to help the Thunder tie series with the Spurs

Thunder forward Kevin Durant shoots a free throw against the Spurs during the second half of Game 4.

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Kevin Durant matched his career playoff high with 41 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs, 111-97, on Sunday night to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Durant scored 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the second half.

Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points and 15 assists, Dion Waiters added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder shot 50.6% overall and 57% in the second half to avoid going back to San Antonio down 3-1.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points.


Boris Diaw’s three-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds of the third quarter gave the Spurs an 81-77 lead heading into the fourth.

Durant took over early in the final quarter. His back-to-back threes gave the Thunder a 93-87 lead. Enes Kanter’s fastbreak dunk pushed the lead to 100-93.

San Antonio hung tough, but a baseline floater, a layup and a corner three by Durant made it 108-97.

The Spurs’ Tim Duncan went scoreless and committed four fouls.


Cleveland 100, at Atlanta 99: Kevin Love scored 27 points, LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go and the Cavaliers finished off their second straight playoff sweep, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

Dennis Schroder (21 points) put the Hawks ahead 97-96 on a drive with 1:31 remaining. But James, after having one shot blocked and missing two tip-ins, got another chance when a video review overturned a call that Cleveland had knocked the ball out of bounds. Off the inbounds pass, Matthew Dellavadova found James streaking into the lane and Millsap was called for goaltending as he went for the block.

Schroder’s next shot was blocked by Thompson, and the Cavaliers isolated James on the wing against Millsap. James stepped back and hit the jumper, pushing Cleveland ahead 100-97.

Love was eight of 15 in three-point attempts.

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