OKC Thunder notebook: Spurs trio continues to make playoff history

Oklahoman Published: May 21, 2014

As the Spurs chase their fifth title in the past 15 years, they continue to make history along the way.

On Thursday night, the trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker won their 111th career playoff game together. It is an NBA record, surpassing the Lakers trio of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.

"I feel very lucky and blessed to be healthy and playing all those years and having another opportunity to try to go to the NBA Finals," Parker said. "We take nothing for granted.  We know how lucky we are, and hopefully we can keep it going."

JONES SEES EXTENDED MINUTES

Desperate for any kind of spark, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks continued to tinker with his rotations on Wednesday night.

That included, for the first time in this postseason, a meaningful appearance from Perry Jones. The second-year forward played the entire second quarter, a 12-minute stretch in which the Thunder got smoked 34-18.

Overall, Jones played 24 minutes, contributing two points and four rebounds, providing little impact on a night when none of his teammates really did, either.

DIAW SAYS THUNDER GAVE UP

Following the Spurs' 35-point win on Wednesday, the worst Thunder playoff loss in OKC history, San Antonio forward Boris Diaw was asked why things came so easily for his club.

And within his answer, he had a telling tidbit about the Thunder's effort.

"I think they gave up on this game a pretty early," Diaw said. "And we kept it going."

COLLISON’S TIP-IN

In the basketball world, there aren’t many things that can be done in 0.1 seconds.

But the past two nights, two teams have executed unlikely out of bounds plays to perfection, getting tip-ins in a split second.

On Tuesday, it was Indiana’s Lance Stephenson right before halftime, flying in for a quick tap on a lob. On Wednesday, it was the Thunder’s Nick Collison, flinging in a one-hand over the shoulder tap from the baseline.

DURANT ENDORSES FISHER AS A COACH

As Derek Fisher competes in what could be the final postseason run of his playing career, there continues to be rumblings about his after-basketball life.

Labeled as the frontrunner for the Knicks head-coaching job, Fisher continues to shoo away questions about his interest in the opening, holding them off until the offseason while he continues his quest for a sixth title.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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