The San Antonio Spurs, chasing their sixth NBA championship since 1999, face a must-win game in Oklahoma City on Thursday when they meet the Thunder in a game that will stream live as Oklahoma City tries to put away Tim Duncan and the Spurs in Game Six of their NBA Western Conference Playoff Semifinal series.
The Thunder lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and a win would put them in the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
In the 2013-2014 playoffs, San Antonio defeated Oklahoma City in the Conference Finals, and went on to defeat the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship.
The Thunder have not won a championship since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008 and, in the history of the franchise going back to their founding as the Seattle SuperSonics in 1968, have won only one NBA Championship — in 1979.
But their 2016 semifinal series against San Antonio has been a controversial one, with the Thunder getting the benefit of the doubt in two games when officials failed to make calls in the final moments, calls that the NBA itself has admitted were mistakes.
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After suffering a crushing 124-92 defeat in Game One, Oklahoma City managed to squeak out a one-point victory in the second game — a game in which the NBA counted five blown officiating calls in the final 13.5 seconds.
After Game Five, which the Thunder pulled out by a 94-91 score, the NBA conceded that two non-called fouls should have, in fact, been called. The two blown calls led directly to five points for the Thunder.
Watch highlights of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs controversial Game Five, in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the San Antonio Spurs Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Western Conference Semifinal Game Six, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central Time at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Thursday, May 12. That’s 8:30 Eastern Time, 5:30 Pacific.
Watch a preview of what could be an elimination game for San Antonio, courtesy of Bleacher Report, in the video below.
Thunder star Kevin Durant, playing in what could be his final season, and postseason, in Oklahoma City, said that his team will focus on ending San Antonio’s season in Game Six — to avoid facing a deciding seventh game on the San Antonio home court.
“Closeout games are the hardest,” Durant, who becomes a free agent once the season is concluded, said on Wednesday. ”We know they’re going to try to force this Game Seven. We can’t rely too much on our crowd. We can’t be relaxed knowing that we’re going to be at home. And they beat us at home in Game Three.”
Las Vegas oddsmakers see San Antonio as a slight, 1 1/2-point favorite to win Game Six on the road. The ESPN-owned statistical site FiveThirtyEight uses its own model to give Oklahoma a 58 percent probability of winning the game and moving on to the Western Conference Finals.
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