NBA: Spurs Defend Home-Court, Win Game One
The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder met up with one another in the Western Conference Finals just one year ago with the more veteran Spurs coming away victorious. San Antonio took one step closer to getting back to the NBA Finals with a 122-105 victory over Oklahoma City on Monday night.
Oklahoma struggled mightily in the early going of this contest, trailing 20-9 in the first quarter. Ill-advised shots by Russell Westbrook was a big factor of this as he started the game shooting 2-7 before getting a few minutes on the bench.
The Thunder trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but battled back in the third quarter to take a 78-77 lead. The Spurs responded with a 10-0 run however to take a lead that they did not give up again. San Antonio outscored Oklahoma City 33-23 in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the Spurs.
San Antonio took advantage of Oklahoma City’s void in the post with Serge Ibaka out for the series by outscoring the Thunder in the paint 66-32. Tim Duncan led the Spurs in scoring with 27 points on 11-19 shooting.
Tony Parker finished with a double-double, 14 points and 12 assists, and Danny Green scored 16 points as well, while shooting 4-5 from behind the three-point line. Green also had a plus/minus of +30. Manu Ginobili also played well, scoring 18 points on 7-12 shooting off the bench.
The 2013-2014 MVP Kevin Durant scored a game-high 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds with his dynamic partner Westbrook scoring 25 points and dropping seven assists.
The Spurs hold a 1-0 lead in the series now. Game two of this best-of-seven series will be played on Wednesday night in San Antonio, Texas.