By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Spurs put up a fierce fight going into the must-win tie 3-2 down in the series and managed to grab a 15-point halftime lead at 63-48, but their opponents overturned the deficit with an amazing 36-69 in the final two quarters.
Although Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker contributed 23, 25 and 29 points for the Spurs respectively, it wasn't enough to match the home side as Kevin Durant added 14 rebounds to his 34 points and was helped by Russel Westbrook's 25 points while James Harden scored 16 points from the bench.
Parker was key to Spurs' excellent start with a hand in their first 12 baskets, creating five and scoring seven in the first quarter to help them to a 34-20 lead in the first quarter. They were 9 for 15 in the 3-point department in the first half after some lax defending from the Thunder and took a 15-point lead into halftime.
The Thunder started the second half stating their intent with an 11-2 run and led for the first time 77-79 in the third quarter before Spurs clung onto a 81-80 lead going into the final quarter.
Spurs were wasteful in the second half, making only two of 11 3-pointers and going 7 for 22 in the third quarter.
Harden and Fisher sealed the game up for the Thunder, hitting three 3-pointers in succession to lead extend their lead to 93-99 with 3:13 left on the clock and they held on from there.
The Thunder became the NBA's 15th team to come back from an 0-2 deficit in a seven-game series, doing it against a team that had won 20 games in a row.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili conceded that the younger Thunder's energy helped them through to the win.
He told NBA's official website after the game: "They [the Thunder] were more energetic and they played better defense in the second half. We just couldn't find anything. We're never gonna have their energy, we're never gonna run as fast or jump as high."
His coach Gregg Popovich congratulated them on the Western Conference win, pointing out the difficult route they took to reach the NBA Finals: "This has kinda been like a Hollywood script for OKC. First they played Dallas and then the Lakers and now us.
"That's 10 of the last 13 championships, I don't know if anyone has ever done something like that before and that's incredible and I think it's pretty cool for them."
Thunde coach Scott Brooks hailed the fans who stood by the franchise and praised the never-say-die mentality of his team to overturn the hige deficit.
"Even when we were 3-29 (in the 2008-09 season) our ownership group and our fans treated us like champions. We were down 18 and we could have said, 'okay we gotta suck it up and win Game 7,' but they didn't do that. They had a never quit attitude."
After losing last year's conference finals to eventual NBA champions Dallas Mavericks, this is the furthest the Thunder have progressed as a new franchise. They last reached the NBA Final in 1996, when they were known as the Seattle Supersonics before their relocation in 2008.