Kevin Durant said the fans should have booed them. I felt like I wanted to throw up. The San Antonio Spurs had a 27 point lead in the second quarter and it looked very vague, then Oklahoma City turned it on. Oklahoma City cut the Spurs lead from 27 points down to two points multiple times in the fourth quarter.
The Thunder went all in for the victory, bypassing the usual rest periods for Durant and Westbrook bridging the break between the third and fourth quarters — and it nearly paid off.
Westbrook scored 10 points during Oklahoma City’s 20-2 comeback, and the All-Stars took turns setting up 3-pointers from Harden and Royal Ivey during the run. Durant’s jumper from the left elbow with 9:36 remaining pulled the Thunder to 92-90.
However, Tony Parker was Tony Parker. I’m going to call him the Thunder killer. He kept making shot after shot, but it wasn’t until Tim Duncan scored on a foul with under a minute to go that sealed the 114-105 victory.
Post Game Grades
Defend the Perimeter: D
Daniel Green was 5-7 from deep as the Spurs finished 9-19 for the game. The Spurs seemed to get good looks all night, with not many that were contested. Hopefully this can improve in the future.
Oklahoma City turned it over 16 times, and it turned into 17 Spurs points. Oklahoma City actually had more points off more San Antonio turnovers, but just wasn’t enough tonight.
Limit Second Chances: D
Yeah, the Spurs took one less shot than the Thunder. However, San Antonio had 24 second chances points to the Thunder’s just seven points. San Antonio grabbed 15 second chances rebounds, and boy was it frustrating.
- Boy did the Spurs look like the best team in the league for 30 minutes. I’ve never seen a team pop Oklahoma City the way they did. Jumped up 63-36 with 3:35 left to go until halftime.
- KD said the fans should have booed them. It was tough to not be frustrated. What’s the crazy part about it, you never thought Oklahoma City was out of it, not by a long shot. I felt if they could get it down to a reasonable amount by halftime, they did to 17 points.
- The Spurs came out firing and kept the lead up. It was 90-70 before Oklahoma City lit into San Antonio. I don’t know what took so long.
- Easily the loudest game since the playoffs. Easily the loudest game since 2010 playoffs. I couldn’t even hear the person next to me while Oklahoma City was making their run, it was insanely loud.
- How about Russell Westbrook? The dude was on it, Yeah he missed 16 shots, but I felt he really just carried this team through a lot of the lulls of this game, and there were a lot of them. He finished with 36 points and 6 assists. Westbrook had just two turnovers.
- Kevin Durant seemed to be a little off. It’s tough to say that, as he still scored 25 points. He seemed to really struggle to get those 25 points.
- Really ballsy by Coach Scott Brooks to go with Royal Ivey there in the fourth quarter, and it paid off for the most part. Ivey’s defense on Tony Parker was very good for the most part. Credit Parker for just hitting really tough contested shots while Ivey’s defense was stifling.
- I think San Antonio was matching line-ups, but should have kept Dejuan Blair in the line-up. He barely played in the fourth quarter, He was 11-15 for 22 points. I don’t know why he didn’t play more. I don’t know if OKC could have stayed in the game if he was in the game.
- I think OKC really missed Daequan Cook tonight. His deep shooting would have been helpful. However, Ivey’s defense really helped cure the feeling for missing Cook.
- How about defending a pick-and-roll. My friend sat there and spotted it out easily. Check off your defender. Someone roll with the guy. Don’t leave him open. We’re so used to helping on defense, we forget about the other players and it kills us. EVERY TIME.
- Lazar Hayward and Reggie Jackson finished 0-5 for a +3 and no real stat help. I don’t know why they even played, it was bad.
- That said, Cook and Cole Aldrich are the only two thunder players who didn’t see any burn tonight.
- Oklahoma City is now 1-3 at home in their last four games. They went from the best record in the league to just 18-4 at home. 18-4 is still very impressive.
- I hate how this is just a blip on the radar, but Serge Ibaka had another decent offensive game, he had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- This might have been the worst game that Kendrick Perkins has ever played for Oklahoma City. In the third quarter, he reached out, fouled Tim Duncan.. didn’t need to. It was a horrible foul. He walked off the floor, sat at the of the bench, and really just sulked. I don’t know what his deal is.
- Oh, and one more note on the Spurs, what the heck.. Duncan had 19 rebounds tonight! had to be a career high for him.
- Well, some of you may crucify me for this but it has to be said. Oklahoma City is not the best team in the Western Conference. They may have the best record, but I think in a seven game series, I think the Spurs would have the Thunder’s number.
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