In WCF Game 3, Thunder snaps Spurs 20 winning streak and beat them by 20, 102-82

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Sense of urgency. Durant and the Thunder took it to the rim and didn’t settle for jumpers…

Thabo Sefalosha got the assignment to guard Tony Parker after the Spurs point guard scored 34 points in Game 2.. He not only held the Spurs point guard to 16 after a 34 point night in Game 2, but had 19 points and 6 steals of his own in 37 minutes of action. As a result of his added support, the Thunder defeated the Spurs 102-82. The Western Conference series now sits at 2-1 in favor of the Spurs. Kevin Durant had 22. TNT Notes added. 

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals continues Saturday, June 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET when the Oklahoma City Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs (Game 4)

San Antonio hadn’t lost in 50 days and the much spoken about 20 game streak consisted of 10 regular season and also 10 games to open the playoffs. The Thunder made great adjustments and forced 21 turnovers. OKC had 14 steals, multiple deflections and also 9 blocks. James Harden scored 15. Serge Ibaka had 14. Russell Westbrook had just 10 points but pulled down 9 boards and passed out 7 assists. Durant had 5 assists and 6 rips. On the Spurs side, Duncan became the all time block shot leader with 478 (5 blocks in the game) and had 11 points but only 2 rebounds. Stephen Jackson chipped in with 16. Manu Ginobli had just 8 and shot 1-5. Djuan Blair had 10 in gabbage [sic] time.

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Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

In honor of the National Spelling Bee winner, Ernie gives Kenny, Shaq and Chuck a little test of his own in this episode of “Spell that Tough Guy”.

Smith on the importance of team defense: “There isn’t one guy who can ever stop one great offensive player in NBA history. It’s a team collective effort. It’s a team’s thought process of what to do [on defense].”

Smith on the Spurs’ mentality: “We’re so caught up in whose team it is. Is it LeBron’s team? Is it Kobe’s team? You never hear Tim Duncan say, ‘This is my team.’ He goes out and includes everyone which makes everyone accountable.”

Barkley on Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant: “There’s never been a guy like him. He’s the most unique scorer we’ve had in the NBA.”

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San Antonio Spurs (82) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (102) – San Antonio leads the series 2-1

Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Kerr on the Spurs defense: “In the half-court, the Spurs can slow down Oklahoma City. In the full-court…no chance.”

Kerr on the Spurs’ depth: “The Spurs have so many weapons…it’s a different guy [with big shots] from one night to the next.”

Miller on Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard: “He’s a different player on this team. At San Diego State, he was counted on to do a lot more. He has blended in nicely with the veteran leadership [on the Spurs].”

Miller on the Thunder’s dominating first half of Game 3: “This is a good punch in the mouth to the Spurs. They haven’t faced adversity like this in a while.

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley on role players performing better at home games: “Role players always play better at home because they don’t have that confidence to get yelled at on the road. They want to be cheered, that’s why they player better at home.”

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Kerr on Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha defending Spurs point guard Tony Parker: “Sefolosha has had a major impact on [Tony] Parker with his length and bothering him off the dribble.”

Kerr on Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook’s Game 3: “This is his best game of the series. Throw the numbers out the window, he’s under control and has gotten his club into a good offensive groove.”

Miller on Sefolosha: “He gets the game ball for what he’s done on both ends of the floor. Sefolosha has put his fingerprints all over Game 3.”

Kerr on Spurs reserve DeJuan Blair getting more playing time in Game 4: “It wouldn’t shock me if Blair played more in Game 4 because the Spurs were out-toughed [in Game 3]. Oklahoma City took the game to San Antonio and were more physical. Blair is the most energetic and physical player on the [Spurs’] roster.”

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Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

O’Neal on OKC maintaining energy: “They came out and fed off the energy in the crowd. We knew they were going to do that but the good thing is that they maintained it throughout all four quarters.”

O’Neal on the Spurs: “This was the first time in a long time I saw the San Antonio Spurs out of sync.”

O’Neal on Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks’ adjustments: “You really have to give Scott Brooks credit because if we were coaches we would have never switched [Kendrick] Perkins or [Serge] Ibaka on Tony Parker or [Manu] Ginobili. He showed some guts tonight and showed some confidence in his team.”

Barkley on the Thunder: “They played with great desperation and energy.”

Smith on the Spurs lack of offensive strength: “I felt that the San Antonio Spurs didn’t get in their offense as quickly or as sharply. There are certain things you can’t coach. You can’t coach effort. I thought the effort wasn’t the same getting into the offense. When you go in without the same energy [from Games 1 and 2], the shots aren’t the same.”

“Game 4 is the game when both teams are on equal ground. Now we will see who the best team is. Game 4 will be a great indicator of who the best team is in this series.”

Barkley on the Spurs’ ‘others’ contributing: “Unless the Spurs’ ‘others’ start playing better, it is going to get very interesting.”

 

San Antonio
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Duncan F 26:01 5-15 1-2 0-0 -16 1 2 1 5 0 2 3 11
K. Leonard F 14:36 1-3 0-1 0-1 -11 1 6 0 1 0 0 1 2
B. Diaw C 14:08 0-2 1-1 0-0 -9 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 1
T. Parker G 27:34 6-12 2-2 2-4 -13 1 3 4 0 0 5 1 16
D. Green G 21:11 1-3 0-0 1-3 -7 1 4 1 1 1 0 1 3
M. Bonner 23:08 0-4 0-0 0-3 -11 1 4 1 0 0 1 4 0
S. Jackson 22:18 6-7 0-0 4-5 -11 0 2 0 0 1 4 2 16
G. Neal 21:51 3-11 0-0 1-3 -17 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 7
M. Ginobili 20:53 1-5 5-5 1-2 -4 1 6 1 0 0 4 2 8
J. Anderson 15:41 1-2 1-2 1-2 +6 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
T. Splitter 12:12 0-0 1-2 0-0 -7 1 2 1 0 0 2 3 1
P. Mills 10:40 1-5 0-0 1-3 -3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3
D. Blair 9:47 5-7 0-0 0-0 +3 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 10
D. Byars  DNP — INACTIVE
C. Joseph  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 30-76
(.395)
11-15
(.733)
11-26
(.423)
- 12 41 18 7 2 21 19 82
Oklahoma City
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Durant F 38:08 8-17 6-6 0-4 +18 1 6 5 0 1 3 3 22
S. Ibaka F 30:21 5-9 4-4 0-0 +22 0 3 1 3 2 0 2 14
K. Perkins C 23:24 2-4 0-0 0-0 +13 3 8 0 3 0 1 1 4
T. Sefolosha G 36:42 7-16 1-1 4-10 +15 2 6 1 1 6 0 1 19
R. Westbrook G 33:37 5-15 0-0 0-2 +29 3 7 9 2 4 2 1 10
J. Harden 26:03 5-10 4-4 1-2 +19 1 4 3 0 0 1 1 15
D. Fisher 20:44 2-7 0-0 1-3 +1 0 3 4 0 0 0 5 5
N. Collison 9:47 3-3 0-0 0-0 +5 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 6
D. Cook 6:23 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
C. Aldrich 4:57 0-1 1-2 0-0 -5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
L. Hayward 4:57 1-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
R. Ivey 4:57 1-3 0-0 0-1 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
N. Mohammed  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
R. Jackson  DNP — INACTIVE
E. Maynor  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 40-88
(.455)
16-17
(.941)
6-22
(.273)
- 12 44 23 9 14 7 16 102

 

Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Bill Spooner
Attendance: 18,203
Time of Game: 2:22
Technicals
Oklahoma City
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