Spurs’ Tony Parker hits game-winner vs. Thunder
By Ben Golliver
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker hit a buzzer-beating game-winner to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 86-84 at the AT & T Center on Thursday night.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called timeout with 5.9 seconds remaining after forward Kawhi Leonard forced a key Thunder turnover on the other end. The Spurs then set up a sideline inbounds play, entering the ball to guard Danny Green, who patiently waited for Parker to work through screens. Parker popped open on the left wing and Green found him. Parker took one dribble to step into a long two at the left angle; the Thunder’s defense totally lost track of him and, despite Serge Ibaka’s late effort to contest, Parker had a clean look. His shot hit nothing but net, sending the home crowd and his teammates into hysterics.
“Pop set up a play for me coming off the screen,” Parker explained in a post-game interview televised on TNT. “I was wide open and knocked down the shot.”
Park was wide open because Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook got totally discombobulated, stuck on the right side of the court as Parker knocked down the jump on the left.
“I got lost,” Westbrook said, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. “It’s my fault. I’ll take this one.”
Parker finished with 14 points, 11 assists and three rebounds on 6-for-13 shooting in 35 minutes to lead the Spurs past the Thunder, the defending Western Conference champions.
“We just hang in there, OKC is a very good team,” Parker said. “We know they are going to stay in the game. We try to stay in the game too, play physical. We got some stops at the end and made the shot at the end.”