While it took a team effort for the San Antonio Spurs to knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at AT&T Center, Tony Parker will be the player most remembered in the thrilling 86-84 victory.
Parker hit two critical shots within the last 30 seconds in Thursday night's contest, including a buzzer-beater from 21 feet out that lifted the Spurs to victory.
Parker finished with 14 points and 11 assists in the game.
Partner-in-crime Tim Duncan posted 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while second-year forward Kawhi Leonard had five steals, including one swipe with five seconds left that set up Parker's game-winner.
The Spurs had a 45-40 lead at halftime, but the Thunder stormed back in the third quarter. They outscored the Spurs in the quarter, 26-21, finished off by Eric Maynor's three-pointer at the buzzer from half court.
But it was San Antonio that got the last laugh.
Kevin Durant finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Russell Westbrook struggled throughout, going 6-for-21 from the field and committing six turnovers. Offseason acquisition Kevin Martin finished with 15 points and five assists.
In other news, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich does not like the word "happy." Just ask TNT's David Aldridge.
Player of the Game: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
This was a tough call between Parker and Duncan, but I have to give it to Parker based on his late-game heroics. Before the buzzer-beater, he hit a three-pointer from the corner with 28 seconds left that put San Antonio in position to come back and win it.
In addition to his 14 points and 11 assists, Parker also had just one turnover, compared to six by Westbrook.
Next Up for Thunder
Oklahoma City will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. The Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers in their season opener on Wednesday, 116-106.
Next Up for Spurs
San Antonio will host the Utah Jazz on Saturday. The Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks in their season opener on Wednesday, 113-94.