May 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guardDanny Green
(4) and forwardTim Duncan
(21) react against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. San Antonio beat Oklahoma City 112-77. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
But it was Danny Green who killed it for the Spurs tonight, and Twitter loved it.
Danny Green totaled 20 points in six games in the 2012 Western Conference Finals. He had 21 for the Spurs tonight in Game 2. — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 22, 2014
The Spurs scored 16 first-quarter points in the paint against the Thunder, and OKC had to change up their front line. More than 50 percent of San Antonio’s points were from the paint compared to less than 41 percent for the Thunder.
With the combination of Danny Green catching fire and the team’s dominance in the paint, Game 2 became a blowout win for San Antonio. Westbrook got upset with Durant after the Spurs hit three consecutive three-point shots late in the first half.
Shooting aside, Parker’s first step is simply too quick for the likes of Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison, and Oklahoma City needs the athleticism and foot speed of Serge Ibaka to keep from penetrating.
San Antonio outscored the Thunder 67-36 in the third and fourth quarter combined, helping to pave way for the third-largest playoff win for the franchise.
They are now 8-1 at home through these Western Conference Finals, but the series now goes to Oklahoma City for the next two games.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili won their 111th playoff game together, all with the Spurs, in this Game 2 blowout victory. All three have played their entire careers in San Antonio, a rare occurrence in today’s NBA. The Big Three won their first playoff game more than 11 years ago, coached by, none other than, Gregg Popovich.
The Thunder will certainly take advantage of their high-octane playoff atmosphere at home, but don’t be surprised if San Antonio finishes this series in Oklahoma City with a sweep.
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All stats taken from ESPN.com