Here is a look at Berry Tramel's report card off Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals:
Kevin Durant's durability: A. Durant played all 48 minutes. The Thunder needed all 48. Durant produced a monster game, 34 points and 14 rebounds, with five assists, four in the second half. The elder Spurs looked out of gas by game's end, and Durant still was going strong.
First-quarter defense: F. The Spurs made 14 of their first 20 shots and scored 34 points in the first 10:17 of the game. And it all came out of offensive execution. In the first quarter, the Spurs had no fast-break points and just two second-chance points.
Second-half defense: A. Those same Spurs made just 13 of 40 shots after halftime. Tony Parker, who started the game 7-of-9 shooting, made just five of his last 18 shots. Thabo Sefolosha, Russell Westbrook and Derek Fisher all took turns on Parker, who had just two second-half assists.
Russell Westbrook: A. Westbrook didn't play perfect. Five more turnovers. A couple of wild shots. But his fangs grew longer the deeper the game went, with pinpoint passing and determined defense and relentless effort. Westbrook finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists. But the play that defines Westbrook was a missed foul shot, after his basket gave the Thunder a 101-95 lead with 2:46 left. Westbrook rebounded his own miss and allowed OKC to run more time off the clock.
Defending Duncan: C. Good thing the series is over. The ageless Tim Duncan got better and better, including a 25-point, 14-rebound performance in Game 6. Duncan's scoring by quarters: six, seven, six, six. But Kendrick Perkins came to the rescue late. After Duncan scored two straight possessions against Serge Ibaka, Scotty Brooks got Perk back into the game. Duncan got two foul shots with 2:58 left but only one other shot – a block by Perkins with the Thunder up four and 50 seconds left in the game.
Three-point shooting: A. The Thunder made 10 of 18 3-pointers, despite going 0-for-2 in the first quarter. Kevin Durant was 4-of-8; James Harden was 3-of-4, including a dagger with 3:13 left in the game that gave OKC a 99-93 lead. The Spurs made 11 of 26, a good percentage, but when the Spurs get outshot from 3-point range, they have little chance of winning.
Small ball: A. Scotty Brooks went with a small lineup the entire fourth quarter – and it paid off. Through three quarters, the small lineup had been used 17:16 and had outscored the Spurs 41-36. The bouncier legs dominated the fourth quarter.
Derek Fisher: A. It wasn't exactly the 2004 shot that sank the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but Fisher again pierced San Antonio's soul. His 3-pointer with 4:35 left in the game gave OKC a 96-91 lead. The Spurs never again had possession with a chance to tie. Fisher played the entire fourth quarter, even effectively guarded Parker down the stretch. Fisher finished with nine points, including a running bank shot to make it 103-97 with 1:55 left.