Spurs vs. Thunder: 2012 Season Series Breakdown
The Spurs took the 2011-2012 Season Series against the Thunder 2-1, playing just three games against Oklahoma City in the regular season.
The series started in Oklahoma's favor, who breezed by the Spurs 108-96 with enough force to rest their starters throughout the fourth quarter. The Spurs suffered from a lack of Manu Ginobili who was out with a broken hand, and they left with a 6-3 record.
In the second game, Tony Parker's All-Star performance powered the Spurs to a strong home victory. In addition to his dazzling 42 points, Parker also lent 9 assists that pushed him past Avery Johnson for the all-time franchise record. This victory was the springboard off which the Spurs leapt to their 2012 rodeo road trip, winning 7 straight to complete a 12-game streak.
The Thunder came back in March ready to win, choosing to skip the usual rest periods for Durant and Westbrook. These extra minutes helped them close the 20-point gap the Spurs had over them in the 3rd quarter to a 2-point deficit, but the Spurs got their rhythm late in the 4th and secured a solid victory, helped out by DeJuan Blair's 22 and Danny Green's 21 points. This resounding home victory was just one step in the Spurs climb to the top seed in the Western Conference.
|103.65 (2nd)||PPG||103.06 (3rd)|
|96.49 (16th)||Opp. PPG||96.94 (17th)|
|7.16 (2nd)||Diff.||+6.12 (3rd)|
|47.8 (1st)||FG%||47.1 (3rd)|
|45.2 (17th)||Opp. FG%||42.7 (4th)|
|39.3 (1st)||3PT%||35.8 (11th)|
|35.3 (19th)||Opp. 3PT%||34.2 (9th)|
|74.8 (19th)||FT%||80.6 (1st)|
|42.97 (9th)||RPG||43.68 (6th)|
|41.2 (11th)||Opp. RPG||41.27 (12th)|
|+1.77 (Tied for 7th)||Diff.||+ 2.41 (5th)|
|4.44 (25th)||BPG||8.17 (1st)|
|7.42 (20th)||SPG||7.55 (17th)|
|13.56 (3rd)||TO/G||16.35 (30th)|
|13.73 (24th)||Opp. TO/G||14.20 (19th)|
|38 (1st)||Score 100+ pts. (wins)||35 (2nd)|
|4 (Tied 6th)||Score 100+ pts. (losses)||7 (Tied for 18th)|
|90.5 (2nd)||Pct.||83.3 (Tied for 9th)|
|17 (2nd)||Opp. Scores 100+ (wins)||12 (3rd)|
|10 (5th)||Opp. Scores 100+ (losses)||12 (Tied for 8th)|
|63.0 (2nd)||Pct.||.5 (3rd)|
With Manu Ginobili out with a broken hand and Tony Parker out of the game midway through the 3rd, the Thunder breezed by the Spurs to win their third game in three days.