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SAN ANTONIO -- Look whos unstoppable now. Forget that incredible San Antonio streak of 20 straight wins. Thats ancient history, and the way the Oklahoma City Thunder have taken complete command of the Western Conference finals, the Spurs might soon be finished themselves. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Thunder are on the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the Spurs 108-103 in Game 5 on Monday night and going from an 0-2 hole to moving within a victory of a series knockout. Their first chance will be Wednesday night at home, where theyre unbeaten in the playoffs. "We never thought were supposed to wait our turn," Durant said. "Coach always emphasizes that with every opportunity that you step on the floor. Its a great opportunity to get better. To get to our dream." Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in a wildly entertaining Western Conference finals. Looking invincible while carrying a 20-game winning streak a week ago -- the fourth-longest in NBA history -- the Spurs have lost three straight and are on the verge of a stunning collapse. Manu Ginobili scored 34 in a smashing return to the starting lineup, and the switch showed just how much Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knew his team might be in trouble. The only way the Spurs would have considered the move a success is had they won, and that chance went clanging off the back of the rim with 4.9 seconds left when Ginobili missed an off-balance 3. Ginobili then walked to the scorers table, made a fist and hammered it down. "It wasnt a great shot, but it wasnt a bad one," Ginobili said. "It just didnt go in." It was the Spurs first loss at home since April 11. Popovich said he removed Danny Green from the starting lineup and plugged in Ginobili -- who had started only seven previous times this season -- to give the Spurs "an energy boost." But that didnt solve a third straight uneven game for the Spurs, particularly another languid second quarter that put them in a 14-point hole. "If we dont get that straight," Popovich said, "itll be over on Wednesday." Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is bringing home just what they needed: the must-win on the road if theyre going to pull this series out. "That was a total team effort," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Everybody did their job. I thought we played as hard as we can play." 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 left that pushed Oklahoma Citys 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 defence on me. I just shot it with confidence. West Conference finals -- thats a big shot." Tony Parker had 20 points and Tim Duncan had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs. After remaining unbeaten for 50 days before arriving in Oklahoma City, San Antonio has lost three games in five days. They now must win two straight to avoid seeing their last best chance to win in a title in the Duncan era end. "Championship teams win on the road," Popovich said. "Oklahoma City just did that." Its the first time the Spurs have lost three in a row all season. Durant scored 22 of his points in the second half. He dedicated the win to his uncle, who Durant said was in the hospital. Westbrook also had 12 assists. Not wanting the series to slip away, Popovich moved Ginobili to the starting lineup in place of Green, who came in shooting a combined 8 of 28 in this series. Greens days as a starter began looking numbered after Game 3. He couldnt save his job before leaving Oklahoma City -- Green shot 4 of 12 in both losses combined -- and Popovich couldnt wait any longer with the series tied and the season in the balance. Out with the undrafted swingman who barely made training camp, and in with the former All-Star. Pulling this big an adjustment this deep in the season likely didnt come easy for the NBA coach of the year, and the gambit drew mixed results. It looked like a no-brainer with Ginobili leading all scorers at halftime with 14, but new rotations for the Spurs made for rocky possessions. None more so than in the second quarter, when the Spurs shot 38 per cent. Ginobili finished 11 of 21 and made half of his 10 3-point attempts. But with the game and arguably San Antonios season on the line, his last one didnt connect. "Its either win or go home," Ginobili said. "Its our job. Nobody is going to feel sorry about ourselves." Notes: Taking a page from the Thunder, the Spurs held a T-shirt whiteout at the AT&T Center, a move the team has rarely made before. ...Durants the clear last-shot taker for the Thunder. Popovich said its as obvious as Dirk Nowitzki having the ball in his hands at the end for Dallas. But who do the Spurs go to with the game on the line? "Its a secret," Popovich said before the game. cheap jerseys from china . The Heat played without NBA MVP LeBron James, who was out with "general soreness," according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Josh Harrelsons 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining put the Heat ahead for good at 102-99. cheap nfl jerseys china .C. – Completely engulfed by the thunderous red of Alex Ovechkin and company, the Toronto Maple Leafs had no answers in the U. . Now the Boston Red Sox are getting what they paid for. Lackey allowed two hits in seven innings, gave up no earned runs for his second straight start and led the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on a rainy Friday night. cheap nfl jerseys from china . LOUIS -- Shelby Millers lone regret is it took a lot of work to send Milwaukee Brewers hitters trudging back to the dugout. cheap nfl jerseys . Promoter Top Rank said Tuesday that the fight in Pavliks hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, had been cancelled. Pavlik returned to the ring after a nearly 13-month layoff to beat Alfonso Lopez by majority decision in May.SAN JOSE, Calif. - Coach Todd McLellan lit into the San Jose Sharks after a lacklustre second period against a struggling team staggering to the finish of the season. He got just the response he was looking for as the Sharks extended the NHLs longest current winning streak. Dan Boyle tied the game early in the third period and Joe Pavelski provided the game-winner with 2:06 remaining to lead the Sharks to their second seven-game winning streak of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. "We tried to cheat the game a little bit and it wasnt going to work that way," McLellan said. "We talked about it. I was happy the way they responded. Thats a good sign. It was a hard fought third just to come out with the points." Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the Sharks, including one in the closing seconds against Michael Cammalleri as San Jose matched its winning streak to open the season. San Jose remained perfect through six games of a seven-game homestand and has moved from ninth place to fourth in the Western Conference during this streak. "I think were just playing really aggressive, real hard," captain Joe Thornton said. "Tonight wasnt too pretty, but I thought we carried the play for most of the game, but eventually we wore them down." Mikael Backlund scored and Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves for the Flames, who have lost 12 straight road games. The Flames are reeling, having traded two of their top players before this weeks deadline with captain Jarome Iginla going to Pittsburgh and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester being sent to St. Louis. But they still nearly ended the longest current winning streak in the NHL. "I was proud of the way guys stepped up," coach Bob Hartley said. "Everyone worked hard. Its too bad they got the winning goal in the end. I thought we deserved better. But we turned the puck over, and the puck goes in the net." Calgary took a 1-0 lead into the third period and even killed off an early power play before allowing the tying goal. Logan Couture, who hit the crossbar earlier on the shift, fed Boyle whose shot deflected off defenceman Dennis Wideman and into the neet for his seventh goal of the season.dddddddddddd It was just the second at even strength. Thornton nearly broke the tie for San Jose late in the period but was robbed by the crossbar. But Kiprusoff had no chance on Pavelskis game-winner. Kiprusoff stopped TJ Galiardis original shot, but Brent Burns poked the rebound loose. Pavelski came from behind the net to knock the puck in to give the Sharks their third win this season when trailing after two periods. "Galli did a lot of good work early on. He gets it to the net," Pavelski said. "Burnsies coming down. Hes a huge body. He just creates a lot of traffic. Everyone kind of goes in, the puck squirts out and got an empty net there. Its a great goal. Its one that you love to get, and obviously it was timely." The Sharks controlled the play for most of the first period but were still trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes because they couldnt get anything past Kiprusoff despite 17 shots. Kiprusoff made a nice stop on Couture early off a nice passing sequence from Tommy Wingels to Patrick Marleau, robbed Pavelski with a glove save and helped kill off an early power play. The Flames then took just 6 seconds to score on their first man advantage when Couture was called for hooking. Backlund won a faceoff from Marleau back to Cammalleri. Backlund took a return pass and beat Niemi with a shot from the top of the circle for the first power-play goal against San Jose in seven games. Neither team scored in the second with both goalies turning aside eight shots and both teams failing to convert on a power play. "They did a good job creating offence like they usually do and ultimately cashed in on it," Cammalleri said. "We have to work more on playing in their end instead of ours." NOTES: Newly acquired Sharks Raffi Torres and Scott Hannan didnt play. Hannan is working his way back from a neck injury, and Torres didnt feel well but could play Sunday. ... San Jose D Jason Demers also could be back from a head injury on Sunday. ... Calgary D Mark Giordano didnt make the trip so he could be with his wife, who was due to give birth. Brett Carson played in his place for his first game of the season. ' ' '
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