San Antonio Spurs History

The Most Surprising Spurs Performance in Each Championship Run

Boris Diaw, Kevin Durant
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2014: Diaw explodes for 26 to send the Thunder home

In a closeout Game 6 that featured Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, it was Boris Diaw who shut the door on the Oklahoma City Thunder for good. Having averaged 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in the first two series, Diaw's role as a passing big who could post up became more important against the small, speedy Thunder.

Still the most Boris had scored against the Thunder to that point was 14 in Game 4, so his explosion in this game was quite unexpected. Shooting 8-of-14 including 3-of-6 from three and making seven free throws, Diaw scored a team-high 26 points to lead San Antonio to their sixth NBA Finals appearance.

Diaw was +19 in the game and was the biggest key to the Spurs not having to play a sudden death Game 7 against a dangerous Thunder squad led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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The performance by Diaw might be one of the most underappreciated postseason performances by a role player in NBA history considering just how much was at stake at the time.