San Antonio wins series 4-2
|Game 1: Monday, May 19th|
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|Game 2: Wednesday, May 21st|
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|Game 3: Sunday, May 25th|
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|Game 4: Tuesday, May 27th|
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|Game 5: Thursday, May 29th|
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|Game 6: Saturday, May 31st|
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9:00 PM ET, May 21, 2014
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Danny Green's 7 3s give Spurs 2-0 series lead with rout of Thunder
Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the Spurs used a dominant third quarter to decimate the Thunder 112-77 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
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"We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I'm sure they're going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home," Parker said, recalling that the Spurs blew a 2-0 lead against the Thunder in the 2012 West finals.
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had 15 points, but the third-quarter barrage made spectators of both -- not that they accomplished much when they did play. The star duo combined to shoot 13-for-40, including 4-for-14 in the third quarter.
Game 3 is Sunday at Oklahoma City, and the Spurs are trying to remind themselves it probably won't remain this easy.
"Manu said it's a dangerous win but I believe in our group," Green said. "I believe that we have the maturity, the character and the experience to stay focused and not take this win to head."
Playing without the injured Ibaka and given two days to adjust to dropping Game 1 by 17 points, the Thunder performed worse.
San Antonio closed the first half on a 25-8 run, then Parker and Green each had eight points in the third quarter as San Antonio outscored Oklahoma City 33-18.
"If they had won this game by one point, we'd still be down 0-2," Durant said.
Going For A Long Run
The Thunder were up 36-33 before the Spurs went on a 43-14 run between the middle of the second and third quarters.
Spurs' Run in Game 2
|*Trailed by 36-33 entering run|
"(We) lost by a lot two games in a row. It's hard for you to stay together, but we have a group of guys that are not front-runners and we'll figure it out."
It was a shocking turn for the Thunder, who started well.
"It definitely doesn't feel good and it shouldn't," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "I hope our locker doesn't feel good. You shouldn't feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3."
Oklahoma City opened more aggressive on both ends, especially defensively. The physicality disrupted the Spurs early and frustrated them emotionally.
Duncan was issued a technical with about 5 minutes left in the first quarter after complaining when Ed Malloy ruled he threw a hip into Durant.
It turned out the Spurs veteran had little to worry about, as the Thunder finished just 4-for-9 on free throws.
The Thunder scored five straight to open the game, with Westbrook's 3 capping the early run and producing what would become their largest lead of the series at 5-0.
Oklahoma City did not go under on pick-and-rolls as they did in Game 1, which allowed Parker more scoring opportunities. He took four shots in the opening five minutes. His first two baskets came on driving layups, including running right down the middle of the lane with Thabo Sefolosha trailing by a couple of steps.
Tough Task Ahead
Teams that trail 2-0 in a best-of-7 series in which they lost both games by double-digits have come back to win the series just four times (4 of 81). The Spurs were the last team to do it in 2008.
Lost 1st Two Games By Double-Digits -- Won Series
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San Antonio continued to struggle with its shot, but righted itself with offensive rebounding.
Green hit consecutive 3s to extend the Spurs' advantage to 55-44 with a minute left in the first half. San Antonio later rebounded a missed layup by Ginobili and Parker's errant 3-pointer, leading to a high-arcing 3 by Ginobili for a 58-44 lead. Ginobili then drew a charge on Westbrook's 3 on the ensuing possession.
Durant and Westbrook opened the game 9-for-26 in the first half. Durant had one field goal in the final 16 minutes of the first half.
Durant made his first two field goals of the second half, but did not have another for the rest of the half.
Oklahoma City went scoreless for two minutes midway through the third quarter as San Antonio built its lead to 76-50 on a pair of free throws by Duncan with 6:20 remaining.
Parker is one assist shy of becoming the 10th player with 1,000 career postseason assists. The list includes Parker's three favorite childhood idols: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. ... Oklahoma City's Perry Jones, who only played the final 2 minutes of Game 1, started the second quarter. He finished with two points in 24 minutes. ... Minnesota Timberwolves C Ronny Turiaf, who plays on the French national team with Parker and Diaw, was in attendance, as was musician Steve Miller.
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 21: The AT&T Center prior to the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio...(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Around The Association
MVP: Tony Parker was a human blender in Game 2, leading all scorers with 22 points and matching Russell Westbrook with a game-high five assists. The Spurs dissected the Thunder's defense on Wednesday night, and Parker was the scalpel.
X factor: Danny Green's 3-point shooting buried Oklahoma City under a flurry of long-range buckets. All but one of his 11 shots came from behind the arc, and it seemed that all of those looks were wide open.
That was ... almost routine. Rote dominance has kind of become San Antonio's thing. It's a lot of fun to watch, at least for three quarters, but it'd be nice to see a little competition in these Western Conference finals.
Thunder scored 77 points, tied for their fewest in a playoff game since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 (77 points in 2012 vs Lakers). It's also their fewest points in a playoff loss since the team moved to OKC.
The Thunder are now 15-19 in the last five postseasons when Russell Westbrook takes at least 20 shots; they are 19-7 when he attempts fewer than 20 shots.
Teams to trail 2-0 in a best-of-7 series in which they lost both games by double-digits have come back to win the series just 4 times (4 of 81). The Spurs were the last team to do it in 2008. They also gave up such a 2-0 lead in the 2004 conference Finals against Lakers[+]
Lost 1st 2 Games in Best-of-7 Series by Double-Digits
The dribble penetration of Tony Parker and off-ball movement have helped lead the Spurs to a 2-0 lead. - Tony Parker has gone 9-of-11 on drives to the basket in the series, including 5-of-6 in Game 2. - The Spurs have shot 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) when receiving a pass on cuts to the basket this series (10-of-12 in Game 2). The Thunder have generated a total of 9 shots on cuts to the basket this series. - The movement through the interior only helps open up the perimeter. The Spurs are shooting 45.0 percent on 3-pointers this series. This is bolstered by open looks, as the Spurs are 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) on uncontested 3-pointers (Danny Green: 4-of-6).
The Thunder were up 36-33 before the Spurs went on a 43 to 14 run between the middle of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.[+]
Spurs 43-14 Run in Game 2
The Spurs scored 54 points in the paint in Game 2 after scoring 66 paint points in Game 1, the first time this postseason they've scored at least 50 points in the paint in consecutive games. San Antonio has scored 46 MORE points in the paint than the Thunder in the first two games of the series.[+]
In the Paint - Western Conference Finals
Durant hasn't had many easy looks this series. In fact, 64 of his 84 offensive touches against the Spurs have originated above the free throw line. This has led to a near four-foot increase in average shot distance this series compared to the first two rounds of the playoffs.[+]
Kevin Durant Avg Shot Distance This Season
LACK OF SHOOTERS The Thunder went 2-of-12 on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in Game 2. Danny Green alone went 6-of-9 in Game 2 and is now 9-of-13 on such attempts in the series. The lack of shooters for the Thunder allowed the Spurs to close off the driving lanes in Game 2. The Thunder shot 42.1 percent when trying to finish on drives in Game 2, their second worst percentage this postseason, and had four of their attempts blocked. SHOOTING OFF THE DRIBBLE The inability to hit or even create catch-and-shoot opportunities led to bad jumpers. Of the Thunder's 48 jump shots in Game 2, 35 were off the dribble with all but one contested. On the series, 70 percent of the Thunder's jumpers have been off the dribble (44 percent for the Spurs). Westbrook likes to take pull-up jumpers, but his shooting has dipped from 39.1 percent in the first two rounds to 22.2 percent this series against the Spurs (2-of-11 in Game 2).
The Thunder bench outscored the starters 14-12 in the first quarter (6-8 FG)
Danny Green went 4 of 6 from 3-point range in the 1st half Wednesday. The Spurs are 16-0 this season in games where Green makes at least 4 3-pointers, including Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Down write off OKC just yet... Being down 2-0 and returning home for Game 3 is a place the Thunder have been before...[+]
Thunder Last 2 Trips To Conference Finals
The Spurs are scoring 112.3 points per 100 possessions this postseason, the best offensive efficiency of any team this postseason, and their most in a postseason under Gregg Popovich. They are also playing at the fastest pace of any Spurs playoff team in that era (96.3 poss per 48 min). Since Game 7 of the 1st round against Dallas they are averaging nearly 5 more possessions per 48 minutes, and 9 more points per 100 possessions.[+]
Spurs Offense This Postseason
In his 12 NBA seasons, Manu Ginobili has amassed 2,635 career points in the playoffs... by far the most among any Latin-born player in NBA history.[+]
In his 12 NBA seasons, Manu Ginobili has amassed 2,635 career points in the playoffs. His point total is 6th most among foreign-born players behind Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Ewing and a couple of his Spurs teammates in Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.[+]
The Spurs outscored the Thunder 34-18 in the 2nd quarter, and have outscored their opponents by an average of 10 points in the 2nd quarter since Game 7 against the Mavericks
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