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NBA playoffs: 45-point third quarter keys Thunder to 2-1 lead in West Finals


05-23-2016 16:11 BJT

In the NBA Playoffs, Golden State headed to OKC for Game Three of the Western Conference Finals. Last time the teams met in Oklahoma City, Steph Curry scored 46 points, including tying a league record with 12 three-pointers and a game-winning shot from almost half-court. This time, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would ensure there would be no Curry magic, as the Thunder looked to grab a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series.

The hosts would look to start strong, and Dion Waiters cuts hard to the hole, and lays it off to Serge Ibaka for the dunk. OKC lead by 8-points.

The Warriors would claw back as Steph Curry, starts doing Curry things, shooting the triple over the defender to cut the margin to 4. The MVP with 24.

And G-State, is able to fight all the way back -- Harrison Barnes misses the jumper, but Andrew Bogut cleans up the miss, and it is 40-all.

The Thunder though would take over after that -- Steven Adams is able get his way to the rack, for the bucket. And he would play tough defence on the other end, denying Draymond Green, but the Dubs forward gets called for a flagrant foul, after Cro-Magnon Man goes down.

Now what felled the big guy -- how about a low blow from the Golden State forward. That darn trick knee.

OKC would then give the Dubs a metaphorical kick to the groin -- as they get out in transition. Durant with the jam, and the lead is now 11.

They would outscore the titleholders by 19 in the second Q -- Durant hitting from the land beyond to stretch the lead to 17. And then Waiters goes hard to the rack and gets the throwdown, and the Thunder are up 21.

Second half, and they only add to the advantage -- Russell Westbrook getting into the act -- hitting the triple as the cushion is now 31.

OKC would lead by as much as 41, as they blow out the defending champs and take a 2-1 series edge.

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