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While the playoffs are an entirely different story, with teams playing with a much greater motivation, it is impossible to compare the two teams without taking into consideration their play in the regular season.
Twice, the Spurs walked away victorious, with the Thunder only winning one.
The Thunder took the first game in a 108-96 win at home. However, many factors should be taken into consideration.
The Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, and they were yet to make their midseason acquisitions of Patty Mills, Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson.
Tony Parker also played one of his worst games of the season, scoring only four points in 25 minutes. However, as of late, it seems nearly impossible to contain Parker, as he has jumped into MVP consideration.
The second game was played at the AT&T Center, with the Spurs finishing on top. Parker proved to be the difference, as his 42-point game helped the Spurs beat out the Thunder by 11. Ginobili still had not recovered from his injury, making this win all the more impressive.
The next game was played right after the trade deadline, so the Spurs roster was missing Richard Jefferson—who had been sent to Golden State—and Jackson, Mills and Diaw, who were yet to play for the team. Ginobili also continued to sit out with injury.
Despite this, the Spurs walked away with a 114-105 win on the road. While Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored a combined 61 points, every member of the Spurs starting five scored in double digits. Duncan also had one of the best rebounding performances of the season, grabbing 19 boards.
Now that the Spurs have added Jackson, Diaw and Mills—with Ginobili back as well—they seem to have the advantage in this matchup.