NBA 2012 Playoffs – Thunder Prove to Have Best Home Court in the NBA, Snap Spurs Win Streak
Day 33 of the NBA Playoffs hosted a Western Conference Finals Thursday. The top two teams in the Western Conference faced off in Oklahoma City. The Spurs won Games 1 and 2, easily, to take a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder. The Thunder try to bounce back and take advantage of home court in Game 3 to avoid a must-win Game 4. Let’s see if Kevin Durant and co. got the job done.
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (2) Oklahoma City Thunder
Quick Breakdown of the Game
Both teams took advantage of the easy shots they got in the first quarter. Tim Duncan had a great all-around first quarter with seven points, two rebounds, and one assist. Kevin Durant scored a quick eight points. At the end of one, the Spurs led the Thunder by two, 24-22. The second quarter was owned by Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds. They outplayed the Spurs and at the end of two, the Thunder led the Spurs by 13, 54-41. The Thunder did not stop there. They kept on playing the same way they did in the second quarter. Their defense was phenomenal and outscored the Spurs, 24-19. At the end of three, the Thunder led the Spurs by 18, 78-60. The Thunder finished the game off on a great note. They held the Spurs down and they kept scoring and played their game. The Thunder won the game by 20, 102-82, and are now down in the series 2-1.
San Antonio Spurs Top Performers
Dejuan Blair scored 10 points on 5-7 shooting from the bench. Tim Duncan scored 11 points and blocked 5 shots. Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson scored 16 points each.
Oklahoma City Thunder Top Performers
Russell Westbrook recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and blocked 3 shots. James Harden scored 15 points on 5-10 shooting. Thabo Sefolosha scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals. Kevin Durant scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
What to Dwell On?
Did the Thunder prove they have the best home court advantage in the NBA? Can they play the Spurs the same way in Game 4 to tie up the series?