The game had the premise for a good game after Westbrook drove into the lane, and made an open dunk, but that and a second quarter buzzer beater were the only memorable moments for the Thunder in the first half.
The Spurs came out hot and heavy this game. Jumping out to a 34-20 lead after the first quarter, the Spurs looked like the Spurs we expected. You could tell a good game was coming when Ginobili sank a quick 3 in the opening seconds of tip-off. This was followed by a flurry of points and assists from Tony Parker, Parker assisted or scored on 7 straight Spurs field goals and the result was 27 points.
Good to have you back Mr.
Longoria Parker. He finished the first quarter with 17 points and 5 rebounds and absolutely dominated the OKC defense to start. By halftime he had 21 points, 10 assists, 2 steals, and a single turnover. Whether he drove to the net, fed Tim Duncan for the mid-range, or found a guard for a three he did absolutely everything.
Calm, cool, and efficient basketball allowed the Spurs to take a commanding 14 point lead into the second quarter, and the offense stayed aggressive and pressured the Thunder’s defense. Led by Stephen Jackson’s 3 threes in the quarter the Spurs were absolutely monstrous from the three point line in the first half. Shooting 9-15 in the first half the rowdy OKC crowd was silenced as three after three found the bottom of the net.
Then the Thunder flipped the switch. Hoollyyyy did they flip it. Durant came at the Spurs with a vengeance, big shot after big three the Thunder had cut the lead down to a single point going into the fourth. He would finish the game with 34 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, 2 blocks, 4 three’s, and only 2 turnovers. Monster.
But the second half was all about the Thunder. Outscoring the Spurs by 14 points in the 3rd quarter they entered the 4th quarter with a 14 point lead. The Spurs just couldn’t buy a basket in the third quarter. Parker would only score 2 points in the 3rd quarter and the entire script of the game just flipped.
Open looks weren’t falling, offensive rebounds were going the wrong way, and playing against Kevin Durant and James Harden doesn’t make it any easier.
Derek Fisher was amazing in the final quarter too, now that he’s no longer with the Lakers he can actually shoot the ball and boy did he shoot it. he scored some much needed baskets to keep the Spurs down.
The Thunder crowd was absolutely wild, for most of the game I couldn’t even hear the commentators, just “OKC! OKC! OKC!”. Rallying from 18 down the young Thunder are no longer inexperienced because the young Thunder are headed to the NBA finals.