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Thunder can't come from behind in Game 2 against Spurs

The Thunder spent all night Tuesday trying to come from behind. Now, the Western Conference Finals shifts to Oklahoma City.
BY MIKE SHERMAN Sports Editor Published: May 29, 2012

— The Thunder spent all night Tuesday trying to come from behind.

Now, as the Western Conference Finals shifts to Oklahoma City, it will try to do in the series what it couldn't do in Game 2: Overcome what is increasingly looking like a team for the ages.

The San Antonio Spurs tied an NBA record with their 20th straight victory bridging the regular season and playoffs with a 120-111 win over the Thunder.

OKC trailed from start to finish, once by as many as 22 points. San Antonio point guard Tony Parker scored 34 points and orchestrated a Spurs offense that for three quarters got pretty much any shot it wanted.

The Thunder closed to within six points at 99-93 with 5:40 left and hung around until Parker and Manu Ginobili — the Spurs' Game 1 hero with 26 points — went back to making and creating big shots for San Antonio.

“They were making shots,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the Spurs, who shot 55 percent from the field and made 11 3-pointers. “They were spraying them all over the floor and knocking them in.”

OKC got a combined 88 points from Kevin Durant (31), James Harden (30) and Russell Westbrook (27). But its bench was little help, missing 27 of 34 shots.

Now the Spurs arrive in Oklahoma City six victories away from a fifth NBA title. The Thunder comes home trailing the series 2-0 and hoping to accomplish what it did two seasons ago against another championship-caliber team.

“We've been in this situation before with this group once before,” said Brooks, whose 2010 team came home down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Lakers only to tie the series and take the eventual champs to a Game 6. “We've had some history with this.”

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