Steven Adams' remarkable rookie season is over. San Antonio edged Adams' Oklahoma City 112-107 in an overtime thriller today, booking their place in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs will play defending champions Miami Heat in a repeat of last year's finals.
Kiwi rookie Adams played just 12 minutes in game six of the Western Conference finals and made little impact, snaring just two rebounds.
San Antonio had plenty of heroes, but Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw were the standouts. Duncan, 38, had 19 points and 15 rebounds, coming up big in overtime.
French forward Diaw led the Spurs with 26 points as compatriot Tony Parker sat out the second half with a sore ankle.
For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook had 34 points and league MVP Kevin Durant 31.
It was the first road win of the series, after the five home teams had easily won the previous games. While Adams will be bitterly disappointed, the 20-year-old has exceeded all expectations in his rookie season.
He averaged 18.8 minutes in the playoffs, well up on his 14.8 from the regular season.
His playoff scoring (4.1 points) and rebounding (4.2) were also up on his regular season numbers and the centre will push Kendrick Perkins hard for his starting spot next season.
Game one of the NBA Finals is in San Antonio on Friday.
There is still a New Zealander in the race for a ring, with former Tall Black Sean Marks now an assistant coach for the Spurs.
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