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Finally -- Oklahoma City advances

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a spot in the NBA Finals by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 107-99, on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook added 25 points for the Thunder, who trailed Game Six of the Western Conference finals by 18 in the first half and erased a 15-point halftime deficit before pulling ahead to stay in the fourth.

Durant grabbed the final rebound, dribbled the ball across halfcourt and raised his right fist to celebrate with a sold-out crowd. The franchise will play for the NBA title for the first time since 1996, before relocating from Seattle.

Tony Parker had 29 points and 12 assists for San Antonio.


James feels the heat

MIAMI -- LeBron James appreciates the irony.

Matching up against the Boston Celtics, on the road, with the season on the line. He faced it in 2008 and lost. He faced it in 2010 and lost, removing his Cleveland Cavaliers jersey for the final time as he left the floor that night.

And now in a championship-or-bust season for the Miami Heat, James heads back to Boston for another win-or-else game.

"It is fitting," James said.

The Celtics lead the Heat, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference finals, and tonight will look to clinch a third trip in five years to the NBA finals. If they succeed in Game Six (8:30 p.m., ESPN) or Game Seven, if it comes to that -- all three of those most recent Boston trips to the title round would come at James' expense.

James' teams are 3-16 in their last 19 visits to Boston.

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