Last time the Thunder played the Spurs, it was in the friendly confines of the Ford Center, and OKC squeaked out a two-point win. This time, it was in the decidedly-hostile AT&T Center, and OKC squeaked out a one-point win, 96-95.
And it really wasn’t that close: after the lead seesawed for a period and a half, the Thunder put together a serious run and led by six at halftime, running that lead to as much as seventeen in the third quarter before the Spurs started getting stops again. San Antonio pulled within one point late, Tim Duncan blocked a Jeff Green layup, a mad scramble for the ball ensued, and finally Michael Finley delivered a buzzer-beater — which didn’t go in.
The numbers were appropriate for a game this close. The Thunder shot 49.3 percent, the Spurs 47.5; the Spurs got 40 rebounds, the Thunder 36; the Thunder turned the ball over nine times, the Spurs 11. If San Antonio had sunk more than eight of the 25 treys they attempted — well, you can do the math. Oklahoma City hit five of eight from beyond the arc.
Tim Duncan got his usual double-double: 21 points, 12 rebounds. All the Spurs starters except Matt Bonner were in double figures — Bonner scored 9 — and Roger Mason added 10 from the bench.
For some reason, Kevin Durant seems to do well against the Spurs. Tonight he wangled 31 points; Jeff Green, Nenad Krstić and Russell Westbrook all contributed 16, Westbrook also serving up 10 dimes.
This puts the Thunder up 2-1 over the Spurs this year, with one to go: a week from today at the Ford, following visits from the Trail Blazers (Friday) and the Pacers (Sunday).