NBA Playoffs Game 6: Spurs vs. Thunder
|Written by Matt Stevens|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:11|
Game 5 notes: The victory was the third in a row and the Thunder have move a 0-2 deficit and made just one win (3-2) of first reaching the NBA Finals since they are in Oklahoma City.
The sixth game will be played this Wednesday in Oklahoma City and if the Spurs win a seventh will be played Friday in San Antonio.
Durant, who in the first part was not correct in the offensive game, came up again when his team needed it most, in the second, which scored 22 of the 27 points provided at the end of the game, five assists, dividing , capturing four rebounds and three fumbles recovered.
"The whole team came to believe in what we could get on the field and we are now closer to the great goal of reaching the Finals," said Durant. "The contribution of my colleagues was crucial," he added.
As he gave Harden, who again scored a spectacular triple when there were 28 seconds for a 101-106 partial, which broke the comeback of the Spurs and the hopes of at least force overtime after being down 12 points ( 88-100) with 5:22 minutes to play.
Harden had 20 points, including three triples, four rebounds, three assists and recovered two fumbles that left him as the sixth player on the team and the party.
While Russell Westbrook gave the base a double-double of 23 points, 12 assists, four rebounds and four steals placed him as the second top scorer, though, but committed six turnovers, two in the last minutes the fourth quarter, which could cost his team the match.
If Durant, Harden and Westbrook were the stars of the Thunder, guard Daequan Cook, a large unknown so far in qualifying, scored no less than eight points in the two minutes he played during the first half.
Cook scored on March 3 field goals, including two triples, which enabled the Thunder arrived to take up to 14 point lead (36-50) before the conclusion of the first part (44-52).
The international power forward with Spain, Serge Ibaka, was the fourth highest scorer of the Thunder to get nine points in 20 minutes he played.
Ibaka recorded June 4 field goals and 1 of 2 from the line staff, captured five rebounds and made two blocks, which also helped the Thunder to become the third straight win against the Spurs, who have sunk when they were better playing and had won 20 straight victories, including 10 in the finals.
To be an unbeatable team, the Spurs have found that the French-based Tony Parker lost all encestadora regularly and, as usual when that happens, the problems start for the team to San Antonio, which also now has a rival to a machine to make points.
The Thunder finished the game with a 50 percent success in field goals (40-80), compared to 46 (34-74) of the Spurs.
Although guard Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan veteran power forward responded with a great game, irregularity encestadora Parker, especially in the first half and then in the decisive moments of the fourth quarter, weighed like a millstone.
Hence the 34 points (11-21, 5-10, 7-8), seven assists, six rebounds and two steals that gave Ginobili were not enough to avoid defeat that puts Spurs on the brink of elimination .
"We lost the last two games we could win, now we can only achieve victory in the sixth if we go ahead in the competition," said Ginobili, who with four seconds left missed a triple that could force the extension when the score indicated the partial 103-106.
Coach Greg Popovich, who warned before the game and the danger of Durant ("probably the best player in the world," he said), was very angry after the game and warned of the dangers of euphoria after the 2-0 initial. "Championship teams win out, and that's what they've done the Thunder. If we can not win the sixth is that we are not a championship team," he said 'Pops'.
Sportsbooks currently have the Oklahoma City Thunder as -4½ point favorites versus the Spurs, while the game's total is sitting at 210.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 00:00|