San Antonio and Oklahoma City have conducted the first of the two Western Conference finals last night at the AT & T Center. The first question in this final was quickly answered. Serge Ibaka , injured, was not part of the painting of Thunder. This Texan doubt finally dashed the two franchises could open hostilities. Led by its big three, San Antonio won the first tussle, 122-105.
The absence of strong Spanish- Congolese winger quickly exploited by Texan who feed Tim Duncan in the paint. The Big Fundamental (27 points, 7 rebounds) stack points in the first quarter time (12 points on 6/7 shooting) and Spurs made a mini break, 18-7 in 6 minutes. Kevin Durant (28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) then got out of his box. Backed by Derek Fisher (16 points), he reduced the gap to only 3 points after 12 minutes of play: 30-27. But with Tony Parker (14 points, 12 assists), the Spurs continue their undermining job and enjoyed a 15-point lead at only 3 minutes of the break. The Thunder still do not abdicate. In the wake of Reggie Jackson (13 points) and Durant, the gap is reduced to 8 points after a series of 4-11, to be finally led by 67-59 at halftime.
After the break, Russell Westbrook accelerates the tempo. The Oklahoma leader imposed 12 of his 25 points in the third quarter time and assisted his teammates. 5 minutes from the end of this act, the men of Scott Brooks fought back to take a slight lead, 75-76. But opposite San Antonio were determned to end their losing streak against Sefolosha and co. He took advantage of the exit of Perkin to inflict a 10-0 to their runner of the regular season in the wake of Manu Ginobili to resume leads at the start of the last quarter (89-82). Ginobili (18 points), Boris Diaw (9 points), Kawhi Leonard (19 points), Spurs shoot from every corner of the court. On the last shot of TP, the gap increases to over 13 (103-90). With the 60 points conceded in the paint, the Thunder suffered from the absence of Ibaka.
The Big Three of Texas, Duncan-Parker-Ginobili equals the trio Magic-Kareem-Cooper to the number of post-season victories (110).
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