Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Spurs grab 2-0 lead in West final

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Tony Parker had 34 points, Manu Ginobili added 20 and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120-111 win Tuesday night over the Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

The Spurs set an NBA record with their 20th consecutive victory bridging the regular season and the playoffs. They had shared the longest such streak with the 2000-01 Lakers, who won 19 straight before losing to Philadelphia in the first game of the NBA Finals.

After three quarters the Spurs shot 60 percent from the field and led by 22.

Oklahoma City started the fourth quarter on a 20-11 run to cut its deficit to 103-96 but Ginobli hit two free throws and Parker sank a 14-foot jumper as the Spurs hung on at home, halfway to an NBA Finals spot.

Kevin Durant scored 31 and Russell Westbrook 27 for the Thunder.

OKLAHOMA CITY (111): Durant 10-17 8-8 31, Ibaka 3-11 2-4 8, Perkins 1-5 1-2 3, Westbrook 10-24 4-5 27, Sefolosha 1-4 0-0 2, Harden 10-13 10-13 30, Collison 0-2 0-0 0, Fisher 2-11 4-4 10, Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-88 29-36 111.

SAN ANTONIO (120): Leonard 7-12 1-1 18, Duncan 2-11 7-10 11, Diaw 4-5 0-0 9, Parker 16-21 1-2 34, Green 4-10 0-0 10, Ginobili 6-11 7-8 20, Bonner 1-2 1-2 4, Splitter 1-1 6-12 8, Neal 1-1 0-0 3, S.Jackson 1-4 0-0 3, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-78 23-35 120.

Oklahoma City 22 22 32 35— 111

San Antonio 28 27 37 28— 120

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 8-17 (Durant 3-4, Westbrook 3-7, Fisher 2-5, Harden 0-1), San Antonio 11-26 (Leonard 3-6, Green 2-7, Diaw 1-1, Neal 1-1, Parker 1-2, S.Jackson 1-2, Bonner 1-2, Ginobili 1-5). Fouled OutHarden. ReboundsOklahoma City 48 (Ibaka 10), San Antonio 57 (Duncan 12). AssistsOklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 8), San Antonio 27 (Parker 8). Total FoulsOklahoma City 28, San Antonio 26. TechnicalsOklahoma City Coach Brooks, Ibaka, S.Jackson. A18,581 (18,797).

EAST FINAL: Now comes the inevitable pushback from the team that is behind. It is practically a playoff formality.

So a day after Celtics guard Rajon Rondo said, "they've got to hit the deck, too," Heat players treated the comment as routine postseason fodder.

"I mean, I don't really prepare for something I already think that's going to happen every game, so I don't have to prepare for it," Miami forward LeBron James said.

Rondo's comment came after the Celtics fell 93-79 in Monday night's Game 1 of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference final, with Game 2 at 8:30 tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Rondo somewhat backtracked, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra declined to be drawn into the conversation.

"That's all part of the playoffs," he said of the rhetoric. "Nope, we're not even going to get into it."

MAGIC WAIVES WAFER: The Magic made its first roster move of the offseason, waiving guard Von Wafer. The former Florida State standout appeared in 33 games this season, averaging 5.9 points in 14.2 minutes.

CLIPPERS: Vinny Del Negro will be back as coach after guiding the team to its best winning percentage ever (40-26, .606) and the second round of the playoffs.

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