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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Manu Ginobili
Duncan's eventual retirement — whether it's next week, next summer, or after the next championship — probably won't end of what's been a 15-year run at or near the top for the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio appears to be positioned to keep rolling along.
Russell Westbrook was ordinary. Serge Ibaka was ineffective.
Russell Westbrook had 40 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.
San Antonio forced Oklahoma City to make adjustments after blowout wins in Games 1 and 2.
The San Antonio Spurs barely had time to exhale Sunday after a grueling seven-game series with the Dallas Mavericks before an even more demanding test was presented.
The Spurs advance to face the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, who upset the Houston Rockets in a six-game series.
Faced with the possibility of having a second straight season end with a Game 7 loss, the San Antonio Spurs played with emotion and let Tony Parker have some fun.
Dirk Nowitzki is having flashbacks to the epic playoff series between Dallas and San Antonio in 2006.
Boris Diaw's big third quarter wasn't enough to hold off a Dallas comeback.
Vince Carter knew right away the exact date of the last time he had a buzzer-beating try in a playoff game - 13 years ago.
Less than 24 hours after Manu Ginobili helped deliver a Game 1 victory over Dallas in the Western Conference playoffs, he helped deliver something even better.
The tone in Kawhi Leonard's voice never changes.
The Houston Rockets needed one win in their last two games or a loss by Portland on Wednesday to secure home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers.
On the list of free agents available last summer, Marco Belinelli's name certainly didn't stand out.
San Antonio Spurs reserve guard Manu Ginobili will sit out Thursday night against Oklahoma City, while Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will return to action.
"I think I said it many times. There was not one season since I'm in the NBA that I really didn't truly believe that we could have won it," Ginobili said.
"Sometimes he's going to go off," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. "He's capable of doing that. If he makes a lot of jumpers, it gets really tough."