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Thunder fall short in game three

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/05/2016

They hit the front four minutes into the final stanza, edging out to an 83-79 lead before San Antonio battled back in the closing seconds to wrap up the win. © Reuters They hit the front four minutes into the final stanza, edging out to an 83-79 lead before San Antonio battled back in the closing seconds to wrap up the win. Steven Adams's Oklahoma City Thunder have been downed 100-96 by San Antonio Spurs in game three of the Western Conference semi-final series.

The Spurs now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, with the fourth game scheduled for early Tuesday (NZT).

After trailing 27-20 at the end of the first quarter, and 47-42 at halftime, the Thunder closed in to 72-69 at the three-quarter mark.

They hit the front four minutes into the final stanza, edging out to an 83-79 lead before San Antonio battled back in the closing seconds to wrap up the win.

Adams, who hit a career play-off high with 17 rebounds and 12 points in the Thunder's 98-97 game two win, had a quieter time in game three.

He still picked up 11 rebounds, but was restricted to just two points from the free-throw line in just over 41 minutes of court time.

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