Spurs vs. Thunder: Game 6 Highlights, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJune 6, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 06:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts towards the end of the game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 6, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We saw Kevin Durant come of age tonight, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are riding his coattails to the 2012 NBA Finals after a 107-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

This matchup was a tale of two games in one. The Spurs lit up the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the first 24 minutes of Game 6, but the second half belonged to Durant and company.

The Zombies trailed by 15 at halftime, but stormed back to pull within one by the time the third quarter buzzer sounded. Oklahoma City had all the momentum in the world going into the fourth quarter, and they never looked back.

Surely, there are fingernails all over the floor of their home arena, but the Thunder got it done in the last three minutes and have redeemed themselves after a disappointing end to last season.

 

Tweets of the Night

ESPN Stats & Info let us know just how good Tony Parker's first quarter was:

Tony Parker is only the 2nd player since 1996 with 17 Pts and 5 Ast in a playoff qtr. Deron Williams did it in 2007 vs SA in the 4th.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 6, 2012

 

The Spurs defy Father Time. They also defy Tim Legler:

#spurs putting on an incredible shooting display. At some point they have to cool off.

— Timothy Legler (@LegsESPN) June 6, 2012

 

This fake SportsCenter Twitter account took the words right out of Durant's mouth:

Kevin Durant would like a recount of the MVP vote, effective immediately #Thunder #Spurs

— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) June 6, 2012

 

Utter hilarity out of James Harden's fake Twitter account:

Seriously, did anyone really believe I wouldn’t put the Thunder in the lead?

— James Harden's Beard (@HardenBeard) June 6, 2012

 

It's certainly starting to seem that way, Thunder fan:

The less i hear Westbrook's name and the more I hear Durrant the better chances the Thunder have of winning.

— Sean Tuohy Jr. (@SJTuohy) June 6, 2012

 

Must-See Highlight

Russell Westbrook made a statement early on for the Thunder with this thunderous dunk.

 

Grades for Key Thunder Players

Kevin Durant: A+

Durant started slow, but was able to overcome some first-half adversity to put together a pretty impressive final line.

It's no secret that the Thunder need Durant to be at his best if they want to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of June. It seems that he is up to the challenge.

He finished with 34 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

 

Russell Westbrook: B+

Even though he finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, it wasn't so much about what Westbrook did tonight—it was about what he didn't do.

Too often we've seen Westbrook take reckless jumpers when it was Durant's time to shine, but that's not what happened here. Westbrook stepped back into a secondary role and let Durant run free. It paid off for is team in the long run.

 

Grades for Key Spurs Players

Tony Parker: B-

Parker was the best player on the floor for either team...for the first half at least. He had a full stat line by the time halftime came around, filling the box score with 21 points and 10 assists in the first 24 minutes.

The Zombies had no answer for San Antonio's point guard, who ran roughshod on the Thunder in the opening half. But he faltered down the stretch and struggled to get himself going from then on.

He finished with 29 points and 12 assists.

 

Tim Duncan: B+

Duncan was a force in the post all night. He dominated Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka down low, hitting hook shot after hook shot in the low post.

If this is the last Western Conference finals game Duncan ever plays, he'll be able to say he went out with a bang, as he notched 25 points and 14 boards.

 

Deciding Factor: The Third Quarter

The Spurs sucked the life out of Chesapeake Energy before half, but the Thunder mounted a furious charge in the third quarter. They outscored the Spurs 32-18, which effectively neutralized the Spurs' 15-point halftime lead.

Durant went absolutely off in the third, scoring 14 points, including a bomb of a three-pointer to give the Thunder a one-point lead.

 

Game MVP: Kevin Durant

Durant dragged his team back into the game, leading the Thunder in the third quarter and keeping them ahead in the fourth. We've watched him take the next step toward basketball greatness in the 2012 playoffs, and the best may be yet to come.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 06:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after a play against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 6, 2012 in Oklahoma City
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He's a stone-cold killer out there, and it's going to be one heck of an NBA Finals if he can stay as hot as he's been. By the way, he played all 48 minutes.

 

What's Next?

The Thunder move on to the NBA Finals where they will meet either the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat, set to begin on Tuesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. ET.