Star power: B. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played well. Even defensively, for the most part. Tony Parker was among the least effective Spurs; he finished with 12 points and four assists on 6-of-13 shooting, with Westbrook the primary defender. Westbrook had 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting, seven assists and three steals. Durant had 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting.
Reggie Jackson: C. Jackson appeared headed for a huge game, making his first five shots and scoring 11 points in the game’s first 8:35. But Jackson didn’t score again. Worse yet, Jackson’s defense collapsed. Manu Ginobili lit up Jackson for nine points on 4-of-4 shooting in the second quarter alone, with a series of drives to the hoop. Jackson’s defense in the third quarter improved, but it was too late.
Bench: D. Through three quarters, the Spurs’ bench had outscored the Thunder’s 40-13. Even the final nine minutes, when Scotty Brooks surrendered, the Spurs’ deep reserves outclassed OKC’s deep reserves, 16-13. Starting Reggie Jackson has paid dividends but clearly has cost the Thunder in depth.
Running game: D. The Thunder has the young legs. But the Spurs won the race. They outscored the Thunder 14-4 in fast breaks, and that wasn’t a fourth quarter phenomenon. It was 12-4 through three quarters. The Spurs made five of eight shots in transition, which included 3-pointers by Danny Green and Ginobili. The Thunder’s defensive collapse kept its running game in shackles. OKC scored just 10 points off turnovers.