The Norman Transcript

Sports

March 17, 2012

Spurs snuff out Thunder’s rally

OKLAHOMA CITY — Fans packed into The Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday expecting to see a clash of the titans. Oklahoma City and San Antonio represent the two best teams in the Western Conference and opposite ends of the spectrum in style.

The Spurs grabbed a giant lead and did everything possible to hold back a surging Thunder squad the rest of the game.

San Antonio beat Oklahoma City 114-105 to take a 2-1 series lead and sent a message that it has not given up its claim on winning the top-seed in the conference.

As well as the Spurs (29-13) played, the Thunder (33-11) still had a chance to claim the victory.

With 1:20 left in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant drained a 3-pointer to get Oklahoma City to within two points. The Spurs Tim Duncan was fouled by Serge Ibaka while making a layup, but he missed the ensuing free throw and Oklahoma City trailed by only four.

However, after a Thunder time-out, Danny Green stole James Harden’s inbound pass and sprinted for an easy layup. The Spurs scored seven unanswered points to close out the game and hand the Thunder their fourth home loss.

"You can’t get down 27 points to a good basketball team, or any basketball team, and expect to come back," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks siad. "It’s tough to do. Give our guys credit. They nearly did that tonight with their toughness and their spirit of not giving up.”

Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 36 points on 13-of-29 shooting. Durant’s shooting night was not as kind. Being guarded by rookie Kawhi Leonard, he was 8 of 19 for 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and five turnovers.

"He did as good as anybody would expect," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Kevin is a future hall of fame player and Kawhi, a rookie, the best part about it is that he doesn't get intimidated and just does his best and he keeps working at it."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners will have to do the right thing eventually

    Don’t read anything into the non-suspension suspension Oklahoma leveled at true freshman running back Joe Mixon Wednesday....

    July 31, 2014

  • In this case, Sooner fans can rest easy

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Sooner Caravan ended its summer run at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night. OU coach Bob Stoops did not take questions, but one of the major topics was the $370 million renovation to ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

  • Cowboys sign tackle Smith to 8-year extension

    OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo....

    July 31, 2014

  • Quarterback questions abound with big stars gone from SEC offenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much....

    July 31, 2014

  • Jones says Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks....

    July 31, 2014

  • Ives to crew chief for Dale Jr. in 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was ...

    July 31, 2014

Facebook