Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder did not have Thursday's game in the bank

Although San Antonio led for just 73 seconds, the Spurs had its share of chance to win Western Conference showdown.
By John Rohde Published: April 5, 2013

You wouldn't think it by the final margin of 100-88, but the Thunder's victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena was anybody's ballgame, despite the following:

*OKC's largest lead was 20 points while San Antonio's largest lead was one.

*There was one tie and just four lead changes — none after the first eight minutes.

*The Thunder nearly led wire-to-wire and trailed for a total of just 73 seconds.

What led to all the uncertainty was a series of alternating spurts from both teams.

The Thunder (55-20) would pull ahead, and the Spurs (56-20) would counter by pulling themselves back in.

“San Antonio's a really good team, so we're happy with the win,” OKC reserve forward Nick Collison said afteward. “We would have loved to have kept an 18-point lead the whole game, but that's probably not going to happen against them. They're going to execute.”

Spurts for OKC:

First quarter – 6-0 to start the game; 14-2 to close out the quarter to take a 29-18 lead.

Second quarter – 26-5 run that carried over from first quarter to take largest lead at 41-21.

Third quarter – 9-0 run to take 64-46 lead.

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