El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 112, Oklahoma City Thunder 77
|Tim Duncan, PF 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +32
Another double-double. The shot wasn’t there tonight, but as usual Duncan didn’t force anything and he and Tiago Splitter just closed off the paint.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +23
He had four dimes, so that was good. And after picking up two early fouls he made Durant work for every basket he defended him on. Sure, more offense would’ve been good, though it wasn’t necessary, but keeping off the free throw line is probably the most important stat.
|Tiago Splitter, C 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +17
As MySA’s Dan McCarney said, we didn’t expect Tiago to turn into Bill Russell defending the rim. He was all over the place tonight. Aggressive on both ends of the court. Would Ibaka being there change things? Sure, but the way Tiago’s playing on defense, the Spurs would still be in good shape.
|Tony Parker, PG 28 MIN | 10-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | +32
For the first couple of minutes of the game it looked like he was going to settle for jumpers, but then he kept finding his way into the paint. Great game for him.
|Danny Green, SG 28 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +24
Keep shooting, Danny. And keep making Westbrook work. Perfect series for him so far.
|Aron Baynes, PF 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +6
Initially I think we thought the Spurs bigs would play less of an important role, but it turns out every big guy has played such an important role because the Thunder bigs seems to keep getting in foul trouble.
|Matt Bonner, PF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +5
Get those boards, Bonner.
|Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +10
He creates such a match up problem for the Thunder, even if the Spurs defense seems to struggle when he’s on the court. He always finds a way to capitalize on a mismatch.
|Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2
Probably the only Spur to have a bad game. I can only think of one of his shots that was wide open or not rushed. And then he passed up a couple of open looks. The hustle will always be there and I imagine he’ll re-examine the shot selection in between games.
|Cory Joseph, PG 9 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +7
It was garbage time, but he just kept attacking the basket.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +14
The whip pass to Green in the second quarter off the hammer set was a thing of beauty. He also go to the line, which is so important this series. Now he gets four days to recharge.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 19 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -2
I’m not sure I ever expected him to pick up seven boards, but I’ll take it. His shot is still hit and miss, but nine shot attempts shows he’s still getting his shot off.
The best thing he’s done is not alter his game plan when Scott Brooks tosses random line ups to the wall to see what sticks.