Spurs on brink of another NBA finals appearance

Tim Duncan (R) of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams during Game Five of the Western Conference Finals in Texas on May 29, 2014 - by Ronald Martinez

Tim Duncan tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs routed Oklahoma City 117-89 to move within one win of reaching the NBA finals for the second straight year.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench Thursday to score 19 points for the Spurs who connected on an impressive 51 percent of their shots from the field Thursday to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final series.

The home team has won the first five games of this series, and the Thunder hope the trend continues Saturday in a must-win game six in Oklahoma City.

The Spurs won the first two games of this series before losing two straight in Oklahoma City. That rekindled memories of the conference finals from two years ago when Oklahoma City reeled off four consecutive victories after going down 0-2.

But San Antonio wasn't about to allow a repeat performance. The Spurs made 13 shots from beyond the arc and had a half dozen players in double figures scoring in front of a crowd of 18,581 at the AT and T Center arena.

Ginobili led the offence off the Spurs' bench which outscored the Thunder reserves 55-26.

Boris Diaw scored 13 points and Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each had 14 for San Antonio, who were held to under 40 percent shooting in games three and four.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook finished with 25 and 21 points, respectively, for Oklahoma City, a far cry from their brilliant 71-point combined effort in Tuesday's victory.

Serge Ibaka was limited to six points and just two rebounds in the loss.