Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs came away with game one Sunday night winning their nineteenth straight game 101-98. The championship Los Angeles Lakers of 2001 had won 11 straight games being the longest streak to extend into the playoffs. Kevin Durant scored 27 points along with 10 rebounds . In Tony Parker’s post game interview he said “Pop’s always trying to motivate us.” Parker was right on; Greg Popavich thought his team needed a little more “fiber” going in the second half. San Antonio put up 39 points in the fourth quarter giving viewers a greater impression of the Spurs success dating back to April 11th of the NBA’s regular season.
Manu Ginobili lead all Spurs with 26 points and a circus shot to the end the 1st quarter. Oklahoma City’s showing in game one ended in a collapse. The Thunder lead after 3 quarters, but scored just 27, not enough to match San Antonio lightning fourth quarter. Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Spurs defense rattled Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all night long. They were never able to find a rhythm and San Antonio locked down OKC’s big 3 in the final quarter of play.
Game two is Tuesday night back in San Antonio where Kevin Durant is awaiting a bounce back from his first half shooting struggles. While the Spurs hold onto a long winning streak, Oklahoma City’s focus in game two is on educating San Antonio that they can in fact win the series. Scottie Brooks would love to snap San Antonio’s winning streak, lessening the Thunder’s pressure of going on to later lose in their second consecutive Western Conference Finals appearance.