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Thunder-Spurs: First-half observations from Game 1

by Erik Horne Modified: May 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) takes the ball to the basket between San Antonio's Tiago Splitter (22) and Tony Parker (9) during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) takes the ball to the basket between San Antonio's Tiago Splitter (22) and Tony Parker (9) during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

"Big, small, we're not guarding anyone."

- Thunder coach Scott Brooks in Game 1 first half.

It was another slow start for the Thunder in Game 1. Some positives and negatives from the first half of Thunder-Spurs.

Pluses

Bench scoring: Derek Fisher turned back the clock for 11 points and three 3s, Reggie Jackson was right there with him with seven points (2-for-2 from 3), and the Thunder bench outscored San Antonio’s 29-11.

Kevin Durant: The MVP was on in the first half, scoring 16 points on just seven shots.

Rebounding: Despite missing Ibaka and Steve Adams playing just 10 minutes, the Thunder went toe-to-toe with the Spurs in the rebound department with 20 boards to the Spurs' 20.

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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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