The San Antonio Spurs are simply on a different level right now, and that is not a slight to the Oklahoma City Thunder in any way. The Thunder actually played pretty well on Tuesday night given the circumstances, but that was still not enough as the Spurs went on to claim a 120-111 victory. San Antonio now leads the series 2-0.
Tony Parker led all scorers with 34 points, hitting 16 of his 21 attempts from the field. The veteran point guard also dished out eight assists. Manu Ginobili finished with 20 points and hit a dagger late in the fourth quarter, a three-pointer that he got off just before the shot clock buzzer sounded. Tim Duncan struggled for most of the night but still finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie forward Kawhi Leonard continued his phenomenal season with 18 points and 10 boards.
The Thunder trailed by double figures for most of the game. Despite a late comeback attempt in the fourth quarter that brought them within seven points at times, they were never able to come up with stops on the defensive end.
Kevin Durant (31 points), James Harden (30) and Russell Westbrook (27) led the way for Oklahoma City. The trio accounted for just about all of the team's scoring in the second half, and only an inefficient Derek Fisher, who had 10 points on 11 who attempts, reached double figures.
It was not a great night for the Thunder, but they now return home for two games. They will need to come out and make a statement in game three if they hope to keep any chance at an NBA Finals appearance alive.