SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs shot over 57 percent from the floor and out-scored the Oklahoma City Thunder by 34 points in the paint on their way to an opening game 122-105 win in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 53 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to pace Scott Brooks’ squad, but it was the other starters that held the Thunder back.
Nick Collison, making just his third start in three seasons, Thabo Sefalosha and Kendrick Perkins combined for just five points and the trio shot just 20 percent from the floor.
The Thunder did pick up 16 points from Reggie Jackson and another 13 from Derek Fisher off the bench.
The Spurs had five players score 14 points or more, led by Tim Duncan’s team-high 27 points.
The Alamo City’s NBA team received a big boost from Danny Green and Manu Ginobili from three-point range, the Spurs duo combined to shoot 7-9 from behind the arc and poured in 34 points.
OKC trialed by just seven points going into the final period, but San Antonio shot 13-18 from the floor and outscored the Thunder by 10 in the fourth to pull away late.
The Thunder has now lost every game one on the road in the playoffs since moving to Oklahoma City.
The Spurs take take a 1-0 series lead into game two, which tips off at 8:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 21, in San Antonio.