Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Sunday, December 14th
Game 2: Monday, March 16th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 31st
Game 4: Tuesday, April 7th

Thunder 104

(2-23, 1-12 away)

Spurs 109

(15-8, 8-5 home)

    Coverage: KSBI

    7:00 PM ET, December 14, 2008

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    OKC 19 25 25 35104
    SA 39 23 21 26109

    Top Performers

    Okc: K. Durant 28 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Surging Spurs knock off Thunder in San Antonio

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker knows a 26-point first-half lead is no sure thing -- even against the team with the worst record in the NBA.

    Parker scored 22 points, and Tim Duncan had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help San Antonio win its sixth straight game, 109-104 over Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Spurs have won 10 of their last 12 and sit a half game ahead of both New Orleans and Houston atop the Southwest Division.

    • San Antonio has won eight of the last nine matchups with the Thunder franchise.

    • The Spurs topped 100 points for the ninth time this season and are 34-1 when scoring 100-plus points since the start of last year.

    -- ESPN research

    The Spurs led by 26 points in the first half before the Thunder cut it to two points in the final minute.

    "You never want to be in that situation," Parker said, "because it's always dangerous. At the end it was kind of ugly, but we got the win and that's the most important thing."

    At 15-8, the Spurs have a half-game lead over the Hornets in the Southwest Division. The teams play for the first time this season Wednesday night in New Orleans.

    Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Roger Mason had 14 for the Spurs. They combined to make five 3-pointers in the first quarter when the Spurs took a 21-point lead that they pushed to 26 in the second quarter.

    Jeff Green led the Thunder, 2-23 after their seventh straight loss, with 33 points, and Kevin Durant had 28. The pair of second-year players combined to go 26-of-47 from the floor and scored 61 of the Thunder starters' 70 points.

    "They made shots," Parker said. "It was tough on the isolations with Green and Durant."

    The Thunder began their comeback late in the second quarter. They cut the Spurs' lead to three points at 100-97 with 2:02 left on Durant's spinning layup. Durant made it 106-104 with another spinning layup with 30 seconds to go.

    "It's always the worst gift a team can get," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the 26-point cushion. "This is the NBA, and there is a 24-second clock. Rarely, rarely does it stay like that -- it doesn't matter what a team's record is or who you're playing."

    Manu Ginobili put the Spurs ahead 109-104 with a three-point play with 28 seconds left. He caught a long pass from Duncan, made a layup while being fouled by Desmond Mason, then hit the free throw.

    Ginobili had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and added six assists.

    "I can't believe he took a chance to run straight up the floor," Duncan said. "I saw him a little late and just lofted it out there. It was a heads-up play by him."

    Green missed a 3-pointer and the Spurs dribbled out the clock.

    The Spurs hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter, falling one short of a team record. They almost had it when Ginobili had his toes on the 3-point line with a shot that beat the buzzer to end the period. That gave San Antonio a 39-19 lead, matching a season high for points in a quarter.

    "What hurt us is that we didn't play with a sense of urgency in the first half," Durant said. "You can't let yourself get down. It's a long game."

    San Antonio led by 26 when Parker hit a 19-footer for a 58-32 lead with 4:04 left in the first half. But the Thunder closed the half with a 12-4 run to cut it to 18 at halftime.

    "The Spurs are just too good to a team to hand a huge lead like that to," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "After that we came together and made some key stops and shared the basketball."

    Though Durant and Green hogged the starters' scoring load, the Thunder got key points from the bench. Nick Collison, Desmond Mason and Earl Watson combined to shoot 12-of-19 for 27 points. They added 10 assists.

    Game notes

    Durant blocked four shots. ... Thunder F Chris Wilcox missed his second full game because of a dislocated left ring finger. He's expected to miss at least 10 more days. ... Thunder G Earl Watson was called for a technical foul in the first quarter when he tried to slap a dead ball away from the grip of George Hill -- right after the Spurs rookie was called for an offensive foul for lowering his shoulder into Watson.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 109
    FGM-FGA 44-85 (.518) 41-80 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 9-23 (.391)
    FTM-FTA 10-12 (.833) 18-25 (.720)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 7-37
    Assists 19 28
    Turnovers 11 10
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 10 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 26

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma City
    San Antonio
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 28
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 20
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1