Spurs 122, Thunder 105: By The Numbers


Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 12:32 am
By: News 9


Here are some key numbers from Oklahoma City's 122-105 Game 1 loss in San Antonio:

5 – Combined points for three of Oklahoma City's starting five. Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins combined for five points, all of which were scored by Perkins, on 2-of-10 shooting in 56 minutes. Obviously the lack of scoring from Thabo and Perk has always been an issue, but it is magnified even more so with Serge Ibaka out of the lineup.

66 – Speaking of Serge, his presence on the defensive interior was missed possibly even more than expected. The Spurs bludgeoned the Thunder under the basket all night to the tune of 66 points in the paint and got a 27-point, seven-rebound showing from Tim Duncan. Duncan scored 21 in the first two quarters, setting a season high for the first half. San Antonio outscored the Thunder 66-32 in the paint.

1 – Collison was given the start in Ibaka's absence and it marked a big moment for the longest-tenured member of the Thunder. Monday night marked the first start in Collison's 10-year NBA career. It was his 78th career playoff game appearance.

2 – Points scored by Thunder players not named Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook in the third quarter. It was the only quarter OKC won all night, but the Thunder's big two were forced to carry an unfair amount of the scoring load, scoring 21 of the team's 23 points.

16 – There weren't too many bright spots on Monday but Derek Fisher was certainly one of them. Fisher scored a season-high 16 points off the bench, connecting on 4-of-6 attempts from 3-point range.

110 – Career playoff wins for the Spurs' trio of Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobli, which ties the great Laker grouping of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper for the most in NBA history.

122 – San Antonio's highest scoring output in the playoffs so far and their highest overall since a 133-102 win against Denver back on March 28.

4-0 – The Thunder swept San Antonio 4-0 in the regular season and this matchup marks just the fourth time in NBA history where one team beat another 4-0 and then met them again in the Conference Finals. In all three other instances, the team that swept the regular season ended up winning the playoff series, as well.

0 – Game 1 victories for Oklahoma City on the road in franchise history.

17 – Tonight's margin of defeat for the Thunder in Game 1. That is the exact same margin the Thunder was beaten by in Game 1 against the Clippers -- in fact, the 122-105 final was the exact same score -- and OKC was still able to win the series in six games. One game does not a series make.