The top-seeded San Antonio Spurs and second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder continued this competitive yet uneven 2014 Western Conference Finals Thursday with San Antonio coasting 117-89.
Through the first four contests, home-court advantage has played a gigantic part in determining the winner and that was once again evident during Game 5. The Spurs routed OKC 122-105 and 112-77 at the AT&T Center in Games 1 and 2 before the Thunder, fueled by their home crowd and the return of Serge Ibaka, rolled 106-97 and 105-92.
San Antonio’s first two victories over Oklahoma City marked the biggest point differential ever in conference finals history while the Thunder set a few futile playoff records. The 77 points scored in the Alamo City last Wednesday tied for the fewest points OKC’s ever had during a postseason contest while their 35-point defeat was the worst incurred by the Thunder since their move from Seattle.
On Thursday, Oklahoma City actually was beaten by the second most points ever during a playoff game since their relocation due to only scoring 34 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Spurs set an NBA record with their seventh consecutive postseason victory at home of at least 15 points.