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Thunder stun Spurs, take 3-2 series lead

SAN ANTONIO -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the San Antonio Spurs, 108-103, in Game Five on Monday night and moving within a victory of a series knockout.

Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in a wildly entertaining Western Conference finals. Looking invincible while carrying a 20-win streak a week ago, the Spurs have lost three straight and are on the verge of a stunning collapse.

Manu Ginobili scored 34 in a smashing return to the starting lineup, but missed the potential game-tying shot in the final seconds.

Game Six is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder can punch their ticket to the NBA Finals in the place they haven't lost all postseason.

They're bringing home just what they needed: the must-win on the road if they're going to pull this series out.

Oklahoma City pulled it off behind their stars. James Harden scored 20, joining Durant and Westbrook as the only Thunder players in double figures.

Harden hit the biggest shot, draining a three-pointer with 28.8 seconds left that pushed Oklahoma City's lead to five. He admitted afterward that the ball was supposed to go to Durant but had no choice but to let go with the shot clock winding down and Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard in his face.

"The shot clock was running down and I had to make a play," Harden said. "Leonard was playing great defense on me. I just shot it with confidence. West Conference finals -- that's a big shot."

Tony Parker had 20 points and Tim Duncan had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs.

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Bosh may face Celtics

MIAMI -- Chris Bosh has been telling the Miami Heat that he's ready to play.

The Heat seem ready to listen.

And Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals -- which wouldn't be lacking for drama with Boston and Miami tied at two games apiece -- may have another significant layer of intrigue.

Bosh's status was upgraded to "day-to-day" by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Monday, the first deviation by the team after more than three weeks of simply saying his absence was indefinite because of a strained lower abdominal muscle. Spoelstra wouldn't guarantee that Bosh plays in Game Five (8:30 p.m., ESPN, Radio 550 AM), but opened the door to there at least being a chance of the All-Star forward-center suiting up.

"He'll get a vote," Spoelstra said of how much Bosh's input will matter in determining when he takes the floor. "Again, everything is heightened right now. These are extreme circumstances. Everybody will be involved in the decision, if and when it happens. But you always have to take the player's opinion with a grain of salt. They all say they're ready. He said he was ready 10 days ago."

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