Friday, May 30, 2014
Top stats to know: Spurs 117, Thunder 89
By ESPN Stats & Information
Soobum Im/USA TODAY SportsThe San Antonio Spurs rolled again at home to earn a chance to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 on the road. The Spurs returned home to find their shooting stroke, with or without Serge Ibaka on the floor.
Duncan notched his 154th postseason double-double. Only Magic Johnson (157) has more.
Tim Duncan and the Spurs controlled the interior from the start. Duncan recorded his 98th playoff game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. The next closest active player is Dirk Nowitzki with 64.
Spurs figure out Ibaka
The Spurs bounced back with a strong shooting performance. San Antonio shot 59 percent with Serge Ibaka on the floor in Game 5 after being held to 40 percent with Ibaka on the floor in Games 3-4.
The biggest difference was Tim Duncan. Duncan scored 14 points while Ibaka was on the court in Game 5. Duncan was limited to 13 points when Ibaka played in Games 3-4.
The Spurs shot 71.4 percent in the paint Thursday, their best in a game this postseason. San Antonio shot a postseason-low 45.0 percent in the paint in Game 4.
San Antonio found success in the paint after Gregg Popovich switched Tiago Splitter out of the starting lineup ahead of Game 5. Tim Duncan and Splitter did not play a single second on the court together in Game 5 after playing 54 minutes together in Games 1-4.
Jump shots fall back at home
After shooting 52 percent on uncontested jump shots in Games 1-2, the Spurs struggled to find their stroke on the road, shooting 37 percent in Oklahoma City.
San Antonio returned home and the shots started to fall again. The Spurs made 56 percent of open jumpers in Game 5, their highest mark since Game 1.
Danny Green rediscovered his three-point stroke at home. Green has made at least four three pointers in each home game this series, but combined to make only three in San Antonio's two road losses.
This season, the Spurs are 18-0 when Green makes at least four three pointers in a game.
Thunder, Westbrook run dry in San Antonio
After Russell Westbrook scored half of his 40 points in Game 4 on drives to the basket, the Spurs limited Westbrook to seven points on four drives in Game 5. Westbrook's four drives are his fewest in a game since Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
The Thunder were held to a post-season low four transition points in Game 5. Oklahoma City scored 29 points in transition in Game 4, its second-most this postseason.