OKLAHOMA CITY — Down 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder desperately needed a win in Game 3 Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. OKC Coach Scott Brooks threw his normal game plan out the window and went all out to get the win. Thabo Sefolosha answered the call playing shut down defense on San Antonio's Tony Parker — and anyone else that happened to have the misfortune of having him guard them. The Thunder came out with a 102-82 victory, revitalizing their postseason run.
“All five guys have to be participating,” Brooks said, and they did — whomever he had on the floor they were going all out on both ends of the floor.
The Thunder also looked good running a halfcourt offense, passing the ball as well as they have all this postseason with 23 assists and only eight turnovers.
Sefolosha finished with 19 points, six steals and six rebounds. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 22 points and five assists. Russell Westbrook had a good all-around game, scoring 10 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out nine assists.
The Spurs were led by Stephen Jackson's shooting 6-of-7, scoring 16 points. Parker added 16 points, and Tim Duncan scored 11 in the losing effort.
The Thunder try to even the series at 2-2 in Game 4 at 8 p.m. tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena.