Spurs silence Thunder with Game One win

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Posted: May 19, 2014 11:47 PM

(Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs made the most of home court advantage as they delivered a superb offensive display to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday in Game One of the Western Conference finals.

Though the Spurs had lost all four of their regular season games to the Thunder, they lived up to their status as the top seeds in the conference and dominated in the paint to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

All-Star forward Tim Duncan scored a team-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting and Manu Ginobili weighed in with 18 as San Antonio had five players in double-figures.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 28 points and Russell Westbrook put up 25 and seven assists but the Thunder trailed for most of the game, a lead late in the third quarter representing their brief high point.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green tallied 16 points apiece for the Spurs.

Oklahoma City's defense sorely missed the shot-blocking skills of forward Serge Ibaka, who is likely to miss the rest of the playoffs because of a calf injury suffered during last week's series-clinching win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Game Two will be played in San Antonio on Wednesday before the series shifts to Oklahoma City.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)