Tony Parker hit a 16-footer with 26.1 seconds left, as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-105.
The game had a playoff type of atmosphere and it was physical all throughout. Parker got into a bit of a scuffle off a hard foul from Thunder’s Nick Collison, and Gary Neal needed five stitches above his right cheek but was able to comeback. Nonetheless, with the win, the Spurs (47-10) moved within three wins of matching their win total from last season.
Now it’s time to check out some of the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ latest victory.
88.9 – The Thunder made their free throws, hitting 24-of-27 (88.9%) shots from the foul line. The Spurs were not as good, making just 22-of-28 (78.6%) of their free throw attempts.
54 – The Thunder had a huge advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Spurs 54-37.
44.6 – San Antonio shot 37-of-83 (44.6%) from the floor while holding the Thunder to 37-of-91 (40.7%) from the field.
38 – The Spurs won the inside battle, outscoring the Thunder 38-32 on inside points.
33 – The Spurs outscored the Thunder 33-16 in the second quarter to build an 11 point lead at halftime.
30 – Kevin Durant had a game-high 30 point, nine rebounds, three steals, one steal and one block for the Thunder.
24 – The Spurs shared the ball better, dishing out 24 assists compared to the Thunders’ 15.
20 – Tony Parker led the Spurs with 20 points including a 16-foot jumper with 26.1 seconds left that sealed the Spurs’ victory. The Spurs outscored the Thunder 20-17 on fast break points.
19 – Gary Neal scored 19 points off the Spurs’ bench, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc despite needing five stitches above his right cheek.
17 – Tim Duncan turned out a solid performance for the Spurs with 17 points and 10 boards.
16 – James Harden chipped in 16 points from the Thunder bench.
14 – Jeff Green scored 14 points for Oklahoma but air balled a 3-point shot attempt with 5.4 seconds left that could have tied the game.
12 – Richard Jefferson shot 4-of-5 from the field adding 12 points, three assists and two rebounds for the Spurs. Matt Bonner had 12 points from the bench, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc.
11 – Shooting wise, Manu Ginobili had a forgettable night going 2-13 from the floor but was able to score 11 points and handed out nine dimes for the Spurs.
0 – Jefferson, Ginobili, Bonner, Antonio McDyess and George Hill did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Neal scored 19 points and had three assists in 27 minutes. James Anderson was recalled from D-League and played less than a minute. Tiago Splitter missed his fifth straight game because of a left hamstring injury.
What’s Next? The Spurs will host the new-look New Jersey Nets on Friday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
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