The San Antonio Spurs withstood a furious comeback by Oklahoma City Thunder to hang on for a thrilling 120-111 win.
The Spurs really are that good. I’ll say it again. They are that good. The ball movement, the spacing, the execution, the coaching– it’s all marvelous, extravagant, intricate, detailed, and unstoppable. It’s like they’ve known OKC’s defensive schemes for years, and they’ve spent days on weeks on months cooped in a lab testing full-proof strategies that ensure erroneous pitfalls. It’s like the Thunder have no chance.
The Spurs jumped out to an early lead behind Tony Parker’s dominant first half and stretched that lead further into the third quarter when Tim Duncan brought the hammer down on Serge Ibaka. This isn’t the first time us Hawks fans have seen someone ground Air Congo, right? Anyway, considering old Tim is 36 years of age, seemingly with weights in his shorts, and Ibaka, who often looks like he attends flight school on the weekends, is 22, it’s pretty remarkable that Duncan reached back in time with that wind up to throw it down. It’s indicative of the whole game, really. It was dominance. The Spurs dominated, despite OKC’s desperation run.
Kevin Durant scored 31 points, James Harden scored 30, and Russell Westbrook added 27, but the Thunder still didn’t win. If I would have told you that OKC’s big 3 was going to combine for 88 points, would you have thought they would have lost? No, of course not. But the Spurs half court offense is so frighteningly good that it happened. Also, it helps that Scott Brooks mind-numbingly played Derrick Fisher over Thabo Sefolosha when Fish was playing God-awful defense and hurling the ball in the general direction of the hoop every time he touched it, praying it would go in.
Parker finished the game with 34 points and 8 assists while Manu Ginobili poured in 20, including a few classic Manu daggerrific shots. Rookie Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Tim Duncan had 11 points and 12 rebounds.