Spurs handle Thunders in opener
Tue, 20 May 2014 13:05:24 GMT —
The San Antonio Spurs weren't able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder during the regular season, but that was before Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) got hurt.
Tim Duncan scored 27 points and the Spurs captured Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals by pounding the Thunder 122-105 in San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 18 points for the Spurs, who dominated inside while Ibaka sat out with a calf injury that will force him to miss the rest of the postseason.
San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot nearly 58 percent from the field. The Spurs weren't bad from outside, either, as Danny Green shot 4-for-5 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points. Kawhi Leonard also had 16 points.
Tony Parker finished with 14 points and 12 assists while showing no signs of a hamstring injury suffered in Game 5 of the conference semifinals.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points and Russell Westbrook added 25, but the rest of Oklahoma City's starters combined for just five points on 2-for-10 shooting. Nick Collison and Thabo Sefolosha were both scoreless.