The San Antonio Spurs’ season has unfortunately concluded, losing game 6 to the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-99. They lost the series 4-2, and although they fell short of their ultimate goal of a championship, they a fantastic season that they should be proud of.
Both teams stormed out of the gate in game 6 looking aggressive, as each had a lot to play for. The Thunder were looking to get to the Western Conference Final, while the Spurs were fighting to keep their season alive.
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Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were prolifically scoring early on, each determined to deliver a victory to their excited home fans.
San Antonio went scoreless in the final 4 minutes of the quarter, while the Thunder went on a 12-0 run. The score was 25-19 with the Thunder ahead after the 1st quarter.
Carrying into the 2nd quarter, the Thunder extended their scoring run to 14-0. The Spurs were shooting the ball horrendously as the 2nd quarter continued, and the game began to slip away.
The Spurs were shooting 31% by the time halftime arrived. The Thunder expanded the lead with a Durant 3-pointer to end the half, putting the Thunder ahead 55-31.
The Spurs’ bench was nonexistent, their rebounding was awful, and their ball movement was stagnant. Not much went right in that first half for them. The Spurs scored just 12 points in the 2nd quarter.
The Spurs didn’t make a 3-pointer until the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Although they came out with more energy after the break, they still had a lot of ground to make up.
The 3rd quarter was an improvement, but the Thunder still took a 91-65 lead into the 4th quarter. The eventual defeat was looking more and more inevitable.
The Spurs were quietly cutting into the lead in the 4th quarter, refusing to end their season without a fight. They eventually got the score down to just 13 points with around 5 minutes left in the game.
Tim Duncan had a remarkable turnaround this game, scoring more points in game 6 than he had in the rest of the series to that point in what was possibly his final game in the NBA.
Although the Spurs were threatening towards the end, it simply wasn’t enough. The Thunder won 113-99.
The Thunder advance to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Final. The Spurs now look forward to an offseason full of pressing questions regarding Duncan and Manu Ginobili’s possible retirements.
If there’s anything we’ve learned about the Spurs, it’s that they’ll use this adversity to motivate themselves for next season.