(San Antonio, TX)—
The Oklahoma City Thunder trails the San Antonio Spurs 67-59 at halftime of the opening game of the NBA Western Conference Finals in Texas. For OKC, they’re definitely missing starting center Serge Ibaka, out for the rest of the playoffs with that left calf injury.
San Antonio has taken full advantage with Tim Duncan scorching the nets for an easy 21 points in the opening half, hitting 9-12 shots from the floor. In all, San Antonio scored almost 40 points inside, where Ibaka normally patrols, and the Spurs shot a sizzling 62% from the field because of those easy looks.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant was impressive with 16 first half points on 5-7 shooting and 2-2 from behind the 3-point line. 39-year old Derek Fisher kept OKC from getting blown out with a big boost off the bench. Fisher has 11 points and only missed one shot from the field. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson each have 9 points, but have made only a combined 8-19 shots.
The Spurs scored 30+ points in each quarter, with 37 in the 2nd period – something the Thunder has struggled with all season. Veteran Nick Collison started in place of the injured Ibaka, but Collison only played 6:34 in the first half.
Game #2 will also be in San Antonio this Wednesday night at 8:00pm at the AT&T Center. The series shifts back to OKC for games #3 and #4 Sunday and a week from Tuesday night at “the Peake” downtown.