Moments earlier, Parker buried the game-tying 3-pointer with 28.3 seconds left, giving the Spurs new life right when they appeared to be doomed by a broken play. Spurs guard Danny Green nearly threw the ball out of bounds while trying to feed a wide open Boris Diaw underneath the rim. Diaw, however, saved the ball directly to Parker behind the left corner and the Spurs point guard coolly knocked down a 3.
“The 3 was a scramble play,” Brooks said. “You give them credit. It ended up he was able to save that and find the shooter in the corner. He made a tough shot. That's not one of his strengths, shooting 3s. But he stepped up and knocked it in.”
The Thunder couldn't rely on its biggest strength on this night, a potent offensive attack. OKC shot just 37.7 percent against one of the league's perennially tough defenses. Much of the Thunder's struggles stemmed from turnovers (18) and a night of a few poor shot or downright dominance in the paint by San Antonio.
“They're a really good defensive team, but we got layups we missed, we missed some wide-open 3s and some wide open jumpers,” Durant said. “But that's how the game goes. I think we put ourselves in a position to win. If we're not making shots, we still play defense and I think we did that.”
The shooting woes didn't define the debut of Martin, who scored 15 points on 4-for-10 shooting, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
“He is an unbelievable player,” said Durant. “He came in and played his role to a tee. He passed the ball; five assists, a couple of rebounds and he shot the ball well. That's what we need from him all season.”