Fourth-quarter offense: D. After James Harden's jumper rolled in on the Thunder's first possession of the fourth quarter, the Thunder went almost six minutes without a basket. The Thunder had seven straight possessions without a point. The Thunder righted its offense only by attacking and getting to the foul line. The only other saving grace for OKC was three desperate 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds.
Fourth-quarter defense: F. The Thunder allowed 39 fourth-quarter points. The Spurs scored on 20 of 25 possessions, and one of their empty possessions came when Tiago Splitter missed two foul shots. Doesn't get much worse than that.
Transition game: A. The Thunder pushed the pace, particularly in the first half, and it paid off handsomely. Kevin Durant had three early fast-break baskets, which helped considerably since he started slowly. The Spurs looked out of sync playing at such a pace and committed 13 first-half turnovers. San Antonio had just three second-half turnovers. Still, the Thunder outscored the Spurs 17-8 in fast-break points.
Scotty Brooks: B. The Thunder coach did a solid job getting his team ready to play. The Thunder came out aggressive on offense and locked in on defense. That's a winning recipe. And Brooks' rotations were solid, particularly going with the small lineup when necessary. But not playing Serge Ibaka in the fourth quarter was a little curious, even with the Thunder playing small. And Brooks stuck with Daequan Cook too long at the start of the fourth quarter, when the Spurs quickly erased a nine-point OKC lead. Cook played 71/2 minutes in Game 1, during which the Spurs outscored the Thunder by 10.
Basket protection: A. The Thunder blocked nine shots, and it wasn't Ibaka who led the way. Durant had three blocks. Ibaka had two, and so did Russell Westbrook, who swiped two Tony Parker shots in the first half, giving Parker something to think about in Game 1 and the rest of the series.
Pick-and-roll defense: B. The Thunder did a solid job with the Spurs' signature offensive play. Parker was stymied most of the night, and the Spurs never got loose for a 3-point barrage (they made eight of 24). But the defense slacked down the stretch, when the pick-and-roll led to a few easy baskets.
Derek Fisher: A. The Thunder would have been in trouble much earlier without their 37-year-old sensei. Fish made six of seven shots and scored 13 points, with two assists. The only knock on Fisher — he made two shots with his foot on the 3-point line. Step back, Derek. That's a rookie mistake.