May 26, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Chesapeake Energy Arena
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97
106
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29
24
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26
23

Result: Oklahoma City Thunder hit back in Western Conference finals

Kevin Durant #35 hugs Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after the game against the Phoenix Suns November 3, 2013
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Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-97 to reduce their lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference finals.

Oklahoma City Thunder recorded a vital 106-97 victory on Sunday night to reduce the deficit in their Western Conference finals series with the San Antonio Spurs.

Heading into game three on the back of two disappointing defeats, the Thunder were boosted by the return of Serge Ibaka at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder struggled to pull away from San Antonio in a first half when they repeatedly turned the ball over, and Manu Ginobili ensured the visitors stayed in touch with five three-point efforts before the interval.

An improved display at both ends of the court in the final 24 minutes earned Oklahoma a 14-point advantage early in the final quarter.

Ibaka, who was expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs with a calf strain, made a number of key defensive plays to make it difficult for Tony Parker to make a difference around the basket.

Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, while MVP Kevin Durant contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma's lead never looked in danger during the closing stages of the contest.

The Thunder will host San Antonio again on Tuesday with the opportunity to level the series at 2-2.

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs reacts to the referee's call against the Los Angeles Lakers during NBA action on November 1, 2013
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