NBA: Oklahoma Thunder headed to finals, beat Spurs 107-99

By Jeff Latzke

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, June 6 2012 9:47 p.m. MDT

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yells toward shooting guard Stephen Jackson (3) at a break against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Oklahoma City.

Eric Gay, Associated Press

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 6 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 rebounds for San Antonio.

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