Spurs balance defeats Thunder’s duo

Oklahoma City is all Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at this point. The Spurs? They can have players take turn with the scoring load. It can be Tim Duncan one moment. Then Tony Parker the next. Then Kawhi Leonard took over. Then that killer bench.

The Thunder are down Serge Ibaka and need everyone to pull together. Oklahoma City is still figuring that part out. Now does not seem to be the time to be doing that — it is the Western Conference, after all.

The Spurs were up big, lost the lead and then went up big again for a 122-105 Game One win.

Tim Duncan scored 27 points. Manu Ginobili had 18 points off the bench. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each scored 16 points.

Oklahoma City got a consistent 28 points from Kevin Durant and 25 from Russell Westbrook. It was contributions from everyone else that was the problem. Reggie Jackson had 13 points and Derek Fisher had 16 points. No one else seemed to be able to do much else.

When Durant and Westbrook took over in the third quarter and helped Oklahoma City get back into the game and take the lead. Then the Spurs ramped things up again and opened the lead back out. It was clinical as the Spurs usually are.

The Thunder will have to figure things out for Game Two. Not only figuring out how to keep the Spurs out of the paint — 66-32 advantage in points in the paint for the Spurs — but also figuring out how to get others involved and ease the pressure off Durant and Westbrook.

Philip Rossman-Reich

About Philip Rossman-Reich

Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

Quantcast