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The Oklahoma City Thunder get off to a quick start, on their way to a 95-79 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night for a commanding 3-0 series lead over the defending NBA champions.
After two close games on their home court, the young Thunder ran away in Game 3.
The Mavericks never led in the game, while Oklahoma stretched their margin to as high as 26 points.
Kevin Durant finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added six assist, three rebounds and two steals.
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With coach Gregg Popovich opting to rest Manu Ginobili, and newly acquired forward Stephen Jackson not yet able to join the team, the San Antonio Spurs holdovers responded to the challenge.
Tim Duncan grabbed a season 19 rebounds to help San Antonio defeat Oklahoma City for the second time this season.
Tony Parker scored 25 points, while Tim Duncan added 16 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, as the Spurs beat Oklahoma City 114-105 on Friday night.
San Antonio rolled to a 27-point lead in the first half and was up by 20 late in the third quarter before Oklahoma City rallied within two-points down the stretch.
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With the Rodeo Road Trip looming, Tony Parker made sure that the San Antonio Spurs will hit the road with full of confidence and hope.
Parker was sensational against the Thunder, but will he be able to help the Spurs solve their road woes? (Photo via Express News)
Playing against one of the NBA’s top teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder, Parker put together his most dazzling game of the season, he scored 42 points and became the all-time franchise assists leader for San Antonio in a 107-96 win over the Thunder on Saturday night.
His nine assists moved him past Avery Johnson in Spurs history. Parker, who spent all his 11 years in the NBA in San Antonio, now has 4,477 career assists.
Kevin Durant had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City (18-5), which was headed for its first blowout loss of the season before closing a 24-point deficit in the fourth.
James Harden had 19 points off the bench for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 18 points and six assists.
The convincing win over the NBA’s winningest team was just the springboard San Antonio needed before spending the next three weeks on the road where the Spurs have hardly been as dominant.
For most of the night rookie Kawhi Leonard was assigned to defend one of the NBA's best scorers in Kevin Durant. (Photo via Spurs Nation)
The Oklahoma City Thunder were supposed to be a tired team playing their third game in three nights of a back-to-back-to-back set.
Add the fact that one of their key player off the bench Eric Maynor was lost for the season Saturday night in Houston with a knee injury, the San Antonio Spurs were supposed to be the ones taking advantage.
However, even without one of their major contributors on Sunday night, the Thunder have jumped to a 54-48 halftime lead over San Antonio and pulled away in the second half by outscoring the Spurs in third period 37-21 that extended their lead to 22 points entering the final period.
The Spurs tried to comeback in the fourth quarter but eventually waived the white flag with a little over seven minutes left in the game.
With the game already out of hand, coach Gregg Popovich decided to give rookie Kawhi Leonard a trial by fire by assigning him to defend Oklahoma’s Kevin Durant for most of the night.
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In the most anticipated matchup of the summer during the NBA lockout, the NBA stars who participated in the mid-summer affair did not disappoint.
Kevin Durant led the Goodman League to victory over Oklahoma City teammate James Harden and the Drew League squad in dramatic fashion. Durant’s defense sealed the 135-134 win as he blocked Harden’s shot attempt at the buzzer.
Durant finished with a game-high 44 points and earned MVP honors. Harden and Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks led the Drew squad back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.
This game had a heightened profile because more players are participating in pro-am leagues with the lockout that began July 1.
After two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, DeJuan Blair has become a fan favorite because of his nice demeanor and hustle plays on the court.
Drafted by the Spurs as 37th overall pick in 2009, Blair has proved to be a solid role-player for the team despite being undersized for his position.
Today, Spurs World looks back at Blair’s 20-20 performances, giving little doubt that San Antonio did the right thing in drafting him amid concerns about his knee surgeries and durability.
DeJuan Blair: 28 points and 21 rebounds vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
On January 13, 2010, With the Spurs choosing to give Tim Duncan the night off, Blair grabbed the opportunity and became the first rookie in Spurs history to record a 20-20 game since Duncan, when he finished with 28 points and 21 rebounds (10 offensive rebounds) in a 109-108 overtime victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Led by these young trio, the Oklahoma City Thunder ousted a tough Memphis Grizzlies team in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals
Kevin Durant scored 39 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the floor, consistently attacking the Memphis Grizzlies’ defense.
Russell Westbrook, had his first playoff triple double with 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds and James Harden added 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench as the Oklahoma City Thunder advanced to the Western Conference Finals to face the Dallas Mavericks in a best-of-seven series.
Westbrook’s triple double performance was the first in Game 7 since Scottie Pippen did it in 1992.