Spurs' 20-game winning streak ends as Thunder wins 102-82

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career-bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio's 20-game win streak by beating the Spurs, 102-82, Thursday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference final.

Oklahoma City closed its series deficit to 2-1 and will host Game 4 Saturday night.

Sefolosha threw a wrench in the Spurs' well-oiled offense at the start, getting four steals in the first 3 minutes. The Spurs ended up committing a postseason-worst 21 turnovers and scoring their least points all season.

Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson led the Spurs with 16 points apiece. Tim Duncan had 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting, taking 11 of San Antonio's first 25 shots as the offense went through the All-Star center instead of Parker.

San Antonio had been averaging 109.4 points in its month-and-a-half winning streak and had been held to double digits only twice.

The Spurs, who already set an NBA record for the longest winning streak carried over from the regular season into the playoffs, were trying to match the league mark for most wins to start the postseason. The Los Angeles Lakers won 11 games in a row to start the 1989 and 2001 playoffs, getting swept in the finals the first time and winning the title the second.

The Spurs' previous loss was to the Lakers at home on April 11.

Parker and Duncan didn't play in the final 15 minutes, and coach Gregg Popovich pulled the plug after another series of three consecutive turnovers allowed the deficit to reach 23 points early in the fourth quarter.

San Antonio managed only 24 points in the paint after averaging 46 through the first two games of the series and 47.8 through the playoffs.



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