SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their 19th in a row to tie the NBA record for longest winning streak kept alive in the playoffs, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 to open the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.

Obeying orders snarled by coach Gregg Popovich in a fourth-quarter timeout to play “nasty,” the Spurs erased a nine-point deficit that stunned the Thunder, who had looked on their way to finally kicking the perception that they’re the underdog.

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Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points. Russell Westbrook had 17.

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The 2001 Lakers are the only other team to carry a winning streak this long in the playoffs — and they did so on their way to a championship.

Game 2 is Tuesday night.

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