The 2014 NBA Playoffs continued on Monday, May 19 with Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to take on the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
Unfortunately, this high-stakes battle transpired without star defensive player Serge Ibaka. Through all of the pre-game commotion, both teams ended up holding leads in the second half before one pulled away to take Game 1.
Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.
1. Tim Duncan posted a powerful 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Manu Ginobili added 18 points and Tony Parker dished out 12 assists for the Spurs, while Kevin Durant finished with 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting for the Thunder.
This was just the second time all season that OKC has played without Serge Ibaka. It’s lost by double-figures both times.
2. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have won 110 postseason games as a trio. That ties the NBA record previously set by Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.
3. The Spurs have won 10 consecutive Game 1s. That’s one short of the NBA record set by the Chicago Bulls at 11 between 1996 and 1998.
4. Prior to this game, Oklahoma City had won five consecutive games over the Spurs.
5. Parker passes Isiah Thomas for 10th on the all-time postseason assists list with 994.
Bonus Fact: The Spurs have won six of their past seven games by at least 15 points.