OKLAHOMA CITY —
But as the Spurs always seem to do, they slowly chipped away at the deficit. Led by Leonard, Neal and Duncan, they cut the lead to 52-44 at halftime.
It didn't take long for Oklahoma City to regain its swagger. It went on a 15-4 run to start the third, once again sparked by its defense. Durant and Ibaka each picked up a block on Leonard while Westbrook stole an inbound pass to Parker before knocking down a 3-pointer.
However, the Spurs didn't get rattled. They played at their steady pace and continued to knock down 3-pointers. Neal's jumper as time expired in the third cut Oklahoma City's advantage to 77-71.
"Those guys never give up," Durant said. "We were up 20 I think twice and they cut it to six or seven and even three. I like our poise and the way we stayed composed during those runs they were making. And we made plays."
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