Spurs Continue To Roll, Beat Thunder In Game 2
The San Antonio Spurs train continues to roll, showing no signs of slowing down. Tony Parker and company have won 10 straight playoff games (20 straight overall), haven’t lost a game since April 11th, and have won 31 of their last 33 games. Tuesday night, they won Game 2 over the Oklahoma City Thunder by the score of 120-111, taking a 2-0 series lead.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker was electric, going 16-21 from the field on his way to a game-high 34 points. He also finished with 8 assists and 3 rebounds. Rather than enjoy the moment, the 4-time All-Star and former NBA Finals MVP was already focusing on Game 3.
“They’re a very, very good team,” said Parker of the Thunder. “It’s going to be very tough over there. We can’t stop playing.”
Tony sounds like a head coach with that response. His own head coach might yell at him during the course of a game, but it’s not because he doesn’t think Parker is an incredible player.
“Tony’s been great all year,” explained Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “What he did tonight, we’ve seen plenty of times before, so it’s not a surprise. He was excellent and played a fantastic game in a lot of ways.”
Manu Ginobili had 20 off the pine for San Antonio, while rookie Kawhi Leonard put in a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. The “old guy” Tim Duncan struggled with his shot (2-11 from the field), yet still managed to finish with a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards.
OKC got plenty of point production from their big 3 of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. The group collectively scored 88 of the Thunder’s 111 points. They also logged a ton of minutes. All 3 players will need more help moving forward if the Thunder are going to beat the Spurs 4 times in 5 games. Considering San Antonio hasn’t lost in 49 days, it will be a difficult feat.
Playing at home in Oklahoma City should help the Thunder. They haven’t lose there this postseason, and won 26 home games during the regular season.
Game 3 in OKC is Thursday night. Tip-off from Chesapeake Energy Arena is set for 8:00.