The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by nine points in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The victory marks their 10th consecutive victory of the playoffs and 20th overall.
San Antonio’s third quarter was very similar to their fourth quarter in Game 1. They poured in 37 points in the quarter which stretched their lead to 16 points prior to the final frame.
Tony Parker tormented the Thunder defense to the tune of 34 points on 16-of-21 shooting and eight assists. Kawhi Leonard grabbed 10 boards and Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, including 7-of-8 shooting from the foul line.
Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 88 points but Oklahoma City’s fatal flaw has been their inability to sufficiently support their superstar trio. That proved to be the case in Game 2.
Scott Brooks attempted the “Hack-A-Splitter” strategy — Tiago Splitter made half of his 12 attempts from the line — which did stymie the Spurs’ offensive attack somewhat. A furious effort from Oklahoma City wasn’t enough to eliminate their deficit though.