Starting lineup: The Thunder started Nick Collison in place of Serge Ibaka, and it didn’t go well. The Spurs shot out to a quick 20-7 lead and scored in the paint at will in the first half.
Defense, defense, defense: Particularly effective were Tim Duncan (21 points) and Tony Parker (12). Ibaka was sorely missed as the Spurs shot better than 60 percent in the first half. Duncan didn’t even have a rebound in the first half, but you don’t get many chances when you’re making tons of shots and getting easy looks. Forty of the Spurs’ 67 first-half points came in the paint.
Duncan scored 21 points on 9/12 shooting in that 1st half. 16 of those points came in the paint (OKC had 18) pic.twitter.com/NGD5XTGx8M— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 20, 2014
The @Spurs averaged 45.9 Points in the Paint per game this season. They had 40 paint points in that 1st half v. OKC (Thunder w/ just 18)— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 20, 2014
The thorn in the Thunder’s side all season, the Spurs hit 4-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half, including a killer Danny Green pull up in transition 3 to stretch the lead to 43-35 when it looked like the Thunder was gaining ground.