5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Thunder (Game 5)

The San Antonio Spurs (2-2) will return to the Alamo City to host the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2) for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Spurs suffered a humiliating loss to the Thunder in Game 4 losing 92-105 in OKC. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 71 points in the win. The Spurs were paced by Boris Diaw’s 14 points off the bench.

And as the Spurs look to take the series lead and defend home court, here are five thins to watch for in tonight’s contest:

  • For the second straight game the Thunder held the Spurs to less than 40 percent shooting (39.8 percent) in Games 3 and 4.
  • Since 2011, Oklahoma City has gone a perfect 4-0 in playoff series when the series is tied 2-2 (including the 2012 Conference Finals vs. San Antonio).
  • Game 5 should be critical for both teams as the winner of Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2 goes on to win the series 82 percent of the time.
  • The Spurs have won six consecutive home games by 15-plus points, matching the longest such streak in NBA history set by the 1985 Lakers.
  • Under Gregg Popovich’s reign, the Spurs have won 18 of 20 best-of-seven series in which they’ve taken a 2-0 lead.