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Tony Parker scored 34 points and Manu Ginobli added 20 off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 last nigh at the AT & T Center taking a 2-0 lead in the Western Cofnerence FInals. Parker put on a remarkable shooting display hitting from all angles making 16/21 (76%) from the floor overall while dishing out a team high 8 assists. Ginobli drained 6/11 (55%) from the field and converted 7/8 (88%) from the charity stripe. Kahwi Leonard contributed 18 points on 7/12 (58%) along with 10 rebounds and Tim Duncan finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists despite making only 2/11 (18%) overall. The Spurs shot 55% overall and connected on 11/26 (42%) from 3 point range despite making just 23/35 (66%) from the foul line. They recorded 28 assists against just 14 turnovers and outrebounded OKC 41-40. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 31 points on 10/17 (59%) from the floor while James Harden added 30 off the bench on 10/13 (77%) from the field and foul line each. Russell Westbrook contributed 24 points on 10/24 (42%) overall collecting 7 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists. The three combined for nearly 80% of it's output, as Derek Fisher was the only other Thunder player in double figures with 10 on just 2/11 (18%) shooting. OKC shot only 42% which included 8/17 (47%) from 3 point range. They also shot 29/36 (81%) from the free throw line and committed only 10 turnovers. The Spurs set an NBA record with their 20th consecutive victory bridging the regular season and the playoffs. They came in sharing the longest such streak with the 2000-01 Lakers, who won 19 straight before losing to Philadelphia in the first game of the Finals. Guided by their All-Star point guard, San Antonio shredded Oklahoma City's defense with pinpoint passes for three quarters. The Spurs were shooting 63 percent from the field and 64 percent from 3-point range at one point in the third quarter and stretched the lead to 22 points in the second half. San Antonio picked up where it left off from the 39-point fourth quarter that turned Game 1 on Sunday. With sharp passes and hot shooting, the Spurs jumped to a 19-9 lead after the Thunder missed six of their first seven shots and had three turnovers in the first four minutes. The Spurs shot 52 percent (12 for 23) in the opening quarter and led 28-22. Durant was on the bench at the start of the second quarter, and Parker and the Spurs put together a 14-4 spurt to stretch the gap to 13 points. The Spurs resumed picking apart Oklahoma City's defense with precision passes after the break, scoring on five consecutive possessions. The biggest cheer from the crowd came after Ginobili flipped a behind-the-back pass to Parker in the corner for another 3 and the lead ballooned to 78-58. Late in the third quarter, the Thunder began intentionally fouling Tiago Splitter, a 32 percent free-throw shooter during the playoffs. That backfired, too. Splitter went 5 for 10 over a 54-second span before Popovich replaced him with Duncan, and Oklahoma City trailed by the same margin -- 16 -- that it did when Brooks called for the "Hack-a-Splitter" strategy.
The Thunder had the deficit down to six with just over five minutes remaining. The Spurs missed 12 of 15 shots during one stretch, but Parker hit an off-balance, high-arcing jumper with 3:39 left for a 107-96 lead and San Antonio controlled the game from there. At least now, the Thunder get to return home, where they are 5-0 in the playoffs. But only 14 teams in NBA playoff history have overcome 2-0 deficits to win series, and the Spurs show no signs of letting the Thunder back in it.