SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Oklahoma City Thunder will return home trailing the San Antonio Spurs 2-0 in the NBA’s Western Conference finals after the Spurs beat OKC again 120-111 Tuesday night at the AT&T Center.
In a word, the Spurs featured incredible SHOOTING.
San Antonio hit 67 percent of their shots in the second quarter, 65 percent of their shots in the third quarter and finished the game at a 55 percent clip to hold off the Thunder who rallied from 22 points behind to trail by only 6 on a couple of occasions in the final period.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with another all-star performance.
The 10-year veteran from France scored a game high 34 points, hitting 16-21 from the field to go along with 8 assists.
The Thunder’s “Big 3″ of Kevin Durant (31), James Harden (30) and Russell Westbrook (27) did all they could to keep OKC in it, but the Spurs came up with the key plays in the final minutes to hold-serve at home.
Now the scene shifts to OKC for games 3 and 4 Thursday and Saturday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena downtown with the odds stacked clearly against the Thunder rallying to advance to the NBA Finals.
The last time to comeback from down 0-2 in an NBA series and win was, ironically, San Antonio against the Lakers back in 2008.
The Spurs ridiculous win streak has now reached 20 consecutive games overall, 10 straight in the playoffs, 10 of their last 11 against the Thunder and 6 straight against OKC in San Antonio.
Afterwards, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said he was happy his guys fought back, but he wasn’t surprised, however he said the deficit was just too big in the third quarter (22 points).
San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said he expected OKC to make a rally but he was pleased his Spurs held on.
The Thunder players, to a man, weren’t taking any solace in keeping the game close – but they are enthusiastic about returning to “The Peake” to play in front of the home crowd the next pair of post-season games.