Spurs beat Thunder to take 2-0 lead

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Tiago Splitter No.22 of the San Antonio Spurs takes a shot against Kendrick Perkins No.5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. AFP PHOTO

Tiago Splitter No.22 of the San Antonio Spurs takes a shot against Kendrick Perkins No.5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. AFP PHOTO

SAN ANTONIO: Tony Parker finished with 22 points and Danny Green made seven-of-10 from three-point range as San Antonio beat Oklahoma City 112-107 to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.

Tim Duncan tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds and Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 11 points for the Spurs, who posted their second straight dominating win in the Western Conference final series.

The Spurs fell behind 26-24 after the first quarter but outscored the Thunder 88-51 the rest of the way. Teams that jump out to a 2-0 series lead have gone on to advance 94 percent of the time.

Duncan, Ginobili and Parker combined for 47 points for the Spurs, who won game one 122-105.


The three longtime teammates also passed Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper as the all-time winningest trio in NBA playoff history, winning their 111th playoff contest together.

Duncan also racked up 28 minutes of playing time, passing former Los Angeles Laker Abdul-Jabbar for second most playoff minutes in league history in the process.

Duncan is just 27 minutes back of Laker Kobe Bryant’s all-time mark of 8,641 and will likely pass him later in this series.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t do enough Wednesday to make up for the loss of Serge Ibaka, who is out with a calf injury.

“It is easy to go hide and run and be negative but it is hard to stay positive and stay together in a time like this. But we got a good group and we are going to figure it out,” Durant said.

League MVP Durant and guard Westbrook scored 15 points apiece. The other three Thunder starters only scored four points between them.

AFP

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