At what point did Thunder Coach Scott Brooks know the game was over? Was it at 23-8? Was it when Coach Popovich moved out all of his starters in the second quarter?
Nope, likely at 9:50 in the second quarter when Aron Baynes tips out the ball on defense, then slams it on Enes Kanter’s head on the other side of the court. That made it 35-10.Or was it Kawhi Leonard scoring a career high 23 points in the first half, on his way to matching a career high for a game- 26 points?
We likely will never know, and it matters very little. The gap between these two teams, albeit without Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant, is massive. This is the second game that San Antonio has demoralized the Thunder in the first 24 minutes. On March 25 the Spurs put together a 71 point first half. Tonight they put in 63.
San Antonio is really turning it up on the offensive side of the ball. In the Last 20 games they are accumulating 110 points per game. That stat is the outcome of great play by Leonard. During San Antonio’s eight-game winning streak he is averaging 19.4 points.
After a barrage of Baynes scoop lay-ins, the Spurs were up by 31 points at the end of the third quarter.
I found it. The moment Brooks knew it was over was when Jeff Ayres checked into the game at the start of the fourth quarter. Game over.
San Antonio plays Houston tomorrow night where the season series is tied 1-1.
Side note: The Thunder’s Steven Adams looks like a gigantic Emile Hirsch.