Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the Spurs used a dominant third quarter for a 112-77 victory on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead over the short-handed and frustrated Thunder.
“If they had won this game by one point, we’d still be down 0-2,” Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant said.
“(We) lost by a lot two games in a row. It’s hard for you to stay together, but we have a group of guys that are not front-runners and we’ll figure it out. That’s all we’ve got to do.”
“Those are the type of frustrations I like in a basketball team,” coach Scott Brooks said. “It’s on the defensive end we gave up some 3s and we wanted to make sure that it did not happen going forward. That happens with every team.”
The defensive lapses happened too much in the first two games without the injured Serge Ibaka, the Thunder’s top defensive player.
“We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I’m sure they’re going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home,” Parker said, recalling that the Spurs blew a 2-0 lead against the Thunder in the 2012 West finals.
Durant and Westbrook each had 15 points, but the third-quarter barrage made spectators of both - not that they accomplished much when they did play. The star duo combined to shoot 13 for 40, including 4 for 14 in the third quarter.
“Manu said it’s a dangerous win but I believe in our group,” Green said. “I believe that we have the maturity, the character and the experience to stay focused and not take this win to head.”
Playing without the injured Ibaka and given two days to adjust to dropping Game 1 by 17 points, the Thunder performed worse.
It was a shocking turn for the Thunder, who started well.