Kawhi Leonard started the game aggressively and showing no fear of the shot-blocking force that is Serge Ibaka. Leonard uses a spin move to lose Kevin Durant for the third time in the series. Ibaka comes to challenge Whi, but Whi used the opportunity to make a poster.
Kawhi couldn't buy a bucket later in the game, but early on he attacked and found success. Here he curls baseline, gets under the hoop, and then looks for a little contact with Perkins to balance himself but Perkins moves to force Kawhi to connect on a falling-down one-hander off the glass.
Kawhi Leonard should be able to score in the post just about every time if Reggie Jackson has to stop him one-on-one. In this play the Spurs take advantage of Jackson picking up Leonard in transition by getting Whi the ball. Kawhi backs Reggie down and knocks down a turnaround fade-away jumper just is Ibaka bringing a little help.
Cory Joseph only played seven minutes in the game, but he stepped into the game and handled himself well in his short stint after Popovich pulled the plug on Tony Parker's night after halftime. These are his his only points of the game, and he found Boris Diaw for a triple for his only assist, but he didn't turn the ball over and he played hard on both ends while the Spurs were +7 during his time on the floor. What a boon for the Spurs that CoJo is their third string point guard. Here he steps on Russ' foot, takes advantage of the space and knocks down a jumper.
Russell probably should have kicked it out to Reggie Jackson in the corner around the 6:05 mark, but other than that it's good defense from the Spurs and Matt Bonner especially. The Red Mamba shows hard on Westbrook/Ibaka pick-and-rolls, giving Kawhi time to get back and force Westbrook to pass. Eventually Ibaka has to attack Bonner, but Matty plays him tough, not giving him any space and forcing him to take a tough shot.
You've probably seen the Manu Ginobili triple towards the end of the third quarter, but here it is again. He was 0-for-5 from deep before this one. Manu is such a winner. Legendary.
In overtime Manu decided that if no one was going to step up to guard him that he should just use a quick burst to get the the rim. Awesome stuff from the Argentine.
I love that the Spurs went to Tim Duncan in OT. Let him work against an average post defender in Serge. Tim works with patience and finishes with an up and under to get two of his seven overtime points.