NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs (10-3) vs. Thunder (11-3)

By Quixem Ramirez

Jun 4, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) takes a shot over San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal (14) during the second half in game five of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at the AT

– Time: 8:00 p.m.


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– Thunder injury report: None.

– Spurs injury report: None.

– Best Game 5 plus/minus: James Harden (20 points, four rebounds and three assists) posted a +24 in 34:32 minutes.

– Worst Game 5 plus/minus: Kendrick Perkins (four points and 10 rebounds) posted a -17 in 29:46 minutes.

– The Spurs are 6-6 in their last 12 elimination games.

– Oklahoma City converted on 56.3% of their shots outside 10 feet in Game 5.

– San Antonio shot 70% from at the rim on 20 attempts. On shots outside the rim, they shot 37%.

– The Spurs assisted on all nine of their 3-pointers.

– The Thunder scored 28 points on 21 Spurs turnovers.

– In 135.8 minutes during the playoffs, the Parker-Green-Leonard-Diaw-Duncan lineup outscores their opponents by 31.9 points per 100 possessions, the best mark of any lineup with at least 40 minutes.

– That same lineup allows 85.0 points per 100 possessions and 37.9% shooting.

– The Westbrook-Harden-Durant-Ibaka-Perkins lineup scores 124.3 points per 100 possessions while shooting 48.5% from the field. They’ve logged 76.3 minutes this postseason.

– The Spurs also trot out the fastest lineup in the playoffs. Ginobili-Neal-Jackson-Bonner-Splitter (49.6 minutes) utilizes 104.6 possessions per 48 minutes. The next fastest lineup also belongs to San Antonio. The Parker-Ginobili-Leonard-Diaw-Duncan lineup uses 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes.

– More lineup fun: Parker-Green-Leonard-Diaw-Duncan is the most proficient 3-point shooting lineup in the playoffs, shooting 50% from behind the arc.

– Both team ran 29 pick-and-rolls in Game 5. The only difference? Efficiency. Oklahoma City scored 1.03 points per possession; San Antonio scored 0.90 PPP.

– James Harden led the Thunder with a 1.54 PPP. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with a 1.29 PPP.

– Oklahoma City limited the Spurs’ second-ranked spot-up offense to 0.60 PPP on 25 spot-ups.

– The Spurs’ ball handler turned the ball over on 35% of their pick-and-roll possessions.

– The Thunder ball handler turned the ball over on 14.3% of their pick-and-roll possessions.