Thunder vs. Spurs Game 1: Live Score, Analysis and Reaction
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Keep it here for starting lineups, plus live score, analysis and reaction throughout the action.
Final Score Spurs 101 Thunder 98
Make it 19 in a row.
The Thunder looked good, the Spurs looked better.
Both teams can take some positives away from this game.
For the Spurs there's the win obviously. On top of that there was the fantastic play of Manu Ginobili and the great defense played by Stephen Jackson on Kevin Durant.
For Oklahoma City the loss stings but losing Game 1 on the road is not the end of the world. More importantly the Thunder lost by only three on a night when both James Harden and Russell Westbrook underperformed.
Game 2 is in San Antonio Tuesday Night at 9 p.m. ET.
Spurs 96 Thunder 89: 1:21 4th Quarter
Too much Spurs.
That's what it comes down to. The Spurs have found a somewhat successful answer to Kevin Durant. They've stuck Stephen Jackson on him and Durant has struggled.
Meanwhile on offense they've been lethal. Passing, faking, and getting to the basket while drawing fouls.
It's the Manu Ginobili show. He's leads the Spurs with 26 points on 9/14 shooting.
Spurs 91 Thunder 84: 2:46 4th Quarter
The entire state of Oklahoma is holding it's breath after Russell Westbrook went down. He committed an offensive foul while driving on Gary Neal.
It's been a frustrating night for Westbrook who is 5/19 from the floor for only 12 points.
He's back on the court though. You can exhale now.
Maybe the Spurs won't win this game but if they don't it's not because of the oft-discussed lack of close games during their winning streak.
Gregg Popovich has been coaching this team for 15 years, he and Tim Duncan have won four rings. Parker and Ginobili have won three each.
I think they all know how to play in close games.
Spurs 88 Thunder 82: 3:34 4th Quarter
Kendrick Perkins is playing with five fouls and the Spurs are taking advantage of it. They're driving right at him and Perkins is offering almost no resistance defensively.
First it was Ginobili off a nifty inbounds play. Then Duncan off a pick and roll.
The Thunder are only down four but they need some stops at some point to get back into the lead.
Spurs 77 Thunder 76 : 5:58 4th Quarter
Is Derek Fisher going to be the difference in this game? San Antonio fans certainly know a thing or two about Fisher's ability to make a big shots in a playoff game.
Fisher just nailed another shot. He's 6/6 from the floor and leads all bench players with 13 points.
Spurs 73 Thunder 73: 7:52 4th Quarter
The nine point OKC lead? Gone.
The Spurs are right back in the game. Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter have led the charge. Russell Westbrook is now 5/19 from the floor, and he's missed the last two shots he's taken.
The Thunder need to stop the Spurs run.
Thunder 73 Spurs 68: 10:08 4th Quarter
What was once nine is now five.
The Spurs, as predicted came out ready to play in the fourth quarter and have cut the Thunder lead to five points. Tiago Splitter helped lead the charge, and even though he airmailed a free throw his effort has had a positive impact.
Thunder 71 Spurs 62: Start of 4th Quarter
The Spurs are deeper but they're not faster. San Antonio looked overwhelmed at times in the third quarter. The Thunder's speed and their ability to continually attack the basket kept the Spurs on their heels defensively and off the mark on offense.
OKC outscored the Spurs 24-16 and now must withstand what is likely to be an aggressive push through the final quarter by the San Antonio
Thunder 71 Spurs 62: 38 seconds 3rd Quarter
James Harden started slow. He's finding his range now.
Harden is 2/3 from the floor in the second half.
The Spurs continue to play sloppy turnover plagued basketball. It's clear that the Thunder's speed has them out of sync on offense. San Antonio has committed 16 turnovers.
Tim Duncan has a double-double. The future first ballot Hall of Fame big man has 11 points and 11 rebounds and it's not even the fourth quarter
Thunder 61 Spurs 58: 3:30 3rd Quarter
These are two exceptional basketball teams. The Spurs execute methodically, while the Thunder wait for an opening, and then bust through it, and make lightning fast runs that result in bunches of points.
When the Spurs took leads in the first half the Thunder answered. In the second half the Thunder have grabbed a small lead but every time it looks like they might extend it the Spurs string together a mini-run.
As Reggie Miller just said; " What a pace!"
Thunder 52 Spurs 47: 9:26 3rd Quarter
I've already mentioned that James Harden is struggling for the Thunder but what about Kendrick Perkins?
The Thunder's starting center has already committed three fouls and has zero points and zero rebounds.
That's not keeping the Thunder from winning.
OKC has opened the second half with a 5-1 run to open up a five point lead.
Thunder 47 Spurs 46: At The Half
This is the definition of "anyone's game."
If the Spurs stop turning the ball over they could run away with it.
If James Harden starts to hit some shots then the Spurs could be in for a long night.
It's not that the Thunder have been able to score a bucket-load of points off the Spurs turnovers. It's more about how the turnovers represent a missed opportunity for the Spurs on offense. San Antonio is 20/43 from the floor, that's 46.5 percent.
The Thunder struggled for most of the first half but as it neared it's conclusion the Thunder got hot and finished the half at a respectable 19/46 ( 41.3 percent).
Thunder 47 Spurs 46: Halftime
This has been a tough game to get a read on.
The Spurs have turned the ball over an astounding 13 times! The Thunder have only been able to score 10 points off them. James Harden has struggled shooting just 1/9 from the floor. Derek Fisher on the other hand has been fantastic. He's 4/4 from the field for nine points.
Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 13 points.
San Antonio is led by Manu Ginobili's 10 points. They've also gotten solid contributions from Boris Diaw who has eight points and Kawhi Leonard who has seven.
Spurs 42 Thunder 40: 2:46 2nd Quarter
While the Thunder worry about Duncan and Parker, players like Boris Diaw have stepped up for San Antonio. Diaw has eight points and is 4/5 from the floor.
Thunder 31 Spurs 31: 7:43 2nd Quarter
Derek Fisher has come off the bench and he is clearly not intimidated by the magnitude of this game. He's 2/2 from the floor for four points.
The Thunder have stormed back to tie the game. Oklahoma City can still use their quickness to force turnovers and get to the basket. That dribble penetration can result in open looks from outside and Fisher has no problem knocking them down.
Spurs 31 Thunder 25: 8:57 2nd Quarter
The second quarter is when teams traditionally go to their benches.
That means it's an excellent time for the Spurs to take advantage of their superior depth. Tiago Splitter, Stephen Jackson and Matt Bonner are all in the game and Manu Ginobili is leading them as the Spurs continue to match what the Thunder have thrown at them.
Ginobili has ten points and two rebounds.
Spurs 24 Thunder 18 End of 1st Quarter
The Thunder have a major problem.
They've forced six turnovers, and been able to get out on the fast break but they still trail by six points at the end of the first quarter.
The Thunder are only shooting 27.3 percent from the floor. It's really eliminated any chance they had to capitalize on the Spurs mistakes.
Will San Antonio keep making those mistakes? The Thunder better hope so.
Thunder 14 Spurs 14: 2:31 1st Quarter
San Antonio has six turnovers and that's really the story in the early going.
Those turnovers have led to six Thunder points.
The question is are the turnovers indicative of a Spurs team overmatched by the Thunder's quickness or is it a case of some uncharacteristically sloppy play.
Thunder 11 Spurs 10: 6:11 1st Quarter
The quickness of the Thunder is having an impact in the Spurs. Tipped passes, blocked shots, steals. The Thunder have been able to get out on the break and generate some points.
Of course San Antonio isn't exactly getting blown out. The Spurs have been able to make shots when they haven't turned the ball over.
Spurs 6 Thunder 5: 8:30 1st Quarter
The Thunder's speed is presenting a challenge to the Spurs but are they also putting too much pressure on themselves to be quick?
The Spurs will methodically execute. The Thunder will have to match that execution, not just in spectacular spurts but for a full 48 minutes.
The last time the Spurs lost was on April 11th. That was a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. It's been almost a month-and-a-half.
Can the Thunder break the win streak and more importantly get to four wins before the Spurs do? This promises to be a great series.
Starting Lineups Game 1
Oklahoma City Thunder ( 47-19, 21-12 away)
PG Russell Westbrook
SG Thabo Sefolosha
SF Kevin Durant
PF Serge Ibaka
C Kendrick Perkins
San Antonio Spurs ( 50-16, 28-5 home)
PG Tony Parker
SG Daniel Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Boris Diaw
C Tim Duncan
The two best teams in the NBA? They might be. They've certainly been the two best since the playoffs started.
The Spurs are riding an 18 game winning streak which includes eight consecutive playoff wins.
The Thunder are 8-1 since the postseason started and have knocked off the last two NBA Champs en route to the Western Conference Finals.
The Thunder have yet to make the NBA Finals while the Duncan and Popovich led Spurs are hoping for their fifth ring
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