Oklahoma City Thunder: Tim Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs dominate in the paint in Game 1 win

Tim Duncan scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of Serge Ibaka’s absence to dominate the paint, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in the opener of the Western Conference Finals.
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press Published: May 19, 2014
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Ginobili closed the quarter with a pair of driving layups to extend San Antonio’s lead to 89-82. San Antonio scored the first six points of the fourth, including Leonard’s drive down the lane where he spun away from Durant and split two defenders for a layup on the opposite of the rim.

Leonard later stole an over-the-shoulder pass to Durant on a Westbrook, sprinting down the court and dribbling around Fisher and Jackson for a layup and a 106-93 lead.

NOTES: Popovich had some fun with former Spurs player Steve Kerr, who will continue as an analyst for TNT through the Western Conference finals. Kerr, who became head coach of the Golden State Warriors last week, interviewed Popovich prior to the game. “Well, I’m not really sure why I have to have him interview me before the game because he’s a competitor now. That’s my concern. I don’t understand that one,” Popovich said, smiling. . Durant was assessed a technical foul 30 seconds into the fourth quarter after throwing his fists down in frustration after being assessed a foul. Durant was telling officials “that was a foul” prior to committing the infraction, believing he was fouled on a missed 17-footer on the previous possession. . Diaw was poked in his lower right eye lid early in the game, but returned to shortly thereafter once it was determined there was no structural damage. . Play had to be stopped twice to clean up blood on Collison, who was battling Duncan and Splitter defensively. Play was initially stopped two minutes into the second half to clean blood inside Collison’s lip from a cut he suffered trying to defend Duncan. It was stopped again with 5 minutes left in the third to clean blood off his knee after he hit the floor trying to gather a loose ball.