Thunder rolls on the road, beats Spurs in Game 5 (+video)
Oklahoma City is one win away from the franchise's first NBA Finals, after a thrilling five-point win in San Antonio Monday night.
"We never just thought we were supposed to wait our turn," the 23-year-old Thunder star said following the biggest road win of his career Monday night.
What little wait they've had could end Wednesday.
That's when the Thunder can finish off the San Antonio Spurs back home in Oklahoma City — where they're unbeaten in these playoffs — and complete a remarkable turnaround in the Western Conference finals after starting in an 0-2 hole and up against a 20-game Spurs winning streak that ranks among the longest in NBA history.
But look who's unstoppable now.
Durant scored 27 points and the Thunder beat the Spurs 108-103 in Game 5, moving within a victory of a series knockout and the conference title after beating San Antonio for the third time in five days.
"We came here, we wanted to get a win on their home floor," Durant said. "That's what it took for us to advance or to get to where we wanted to go."
Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in a wildly entertaining series. 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 if they 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.