published Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Thunder beat Spurs 106-97, cut deficit to 2-1

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    San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) in their Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoff series in the Western Conference finals on May 25, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Serge Ibaka scored 15 points in a dramatic return from what was thought to be a season-ending left calf strain to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-97 on Sunday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Russell Westbrook had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Thunder cut the Spurs' lead in the series to 2-1.

Ibaka started after missing the first two games of the series. The Thunder had said he likely would miss the rest of the playoffs, but the team changed course Friday.

Manu Ginobili scored 23 points and Tim Duncan added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.

Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oklahoma City.

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