Spurs keep rolling over Thunder
May 28, 2012 18:43:37 UK
It's 19 games and counting for the San Antonio Spurs as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.
Manu Ginobili was on top form for the Spurs in their victory over the Thunder.
Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score a team-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the 101-98 win at the AT & T Center in San Antonio.
Down by nine entering the final quarter on Sunday evening, the Spurs outscored the Thunder 39-27 to maintain their home court advantage.
Tim Duncan had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Tony Parker chipped in with a further 18 points in an overall team effort that saw 10 Spurs play at least 11 minutes.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 27 points, but Russell Westbrook was a disappointing 7-of-21 from the field for 17 points as San Antonio played good defense against the former UCLA star.
Play-off veteran Derek Fisher added 13 off the bench and sixth man James Harden added 19 more, but the Thunder will live and die in the series on the play of Durant and Westbrook as they try and compensate for San Antonio's deep bench.
The Spurs are 151.00 to be crowned NBA champions, with the Thunder 1.66.
Down in Miami Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place on Monday evening between Miami and the Boston Celtics.
Chris Bosh has practised with his team, but there is no word as to whether the Heat forward will play at all in the series after missing significant time with injury in the Conference semi-finals.
Ironically Miami have played better without Bosh and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade took over the series against the Indiana Pacers.
The Heat are 2.50 to win the NBA finals, with the Celtics 13.00.
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