LaMarcus Aldridge had it going from everywhere on Saturday night, inside, outside, left, right, off the dribble, off the catch, in the post, even falling down. Finishing with 38 points on 18-of-23 from the field, the Thunder had no answer for the big man.
Not only was the offense flowing freely, bu the Spurs defense was highly focused, limiting OKC to 41% from the floor. Danny Green and LaMarcus muck up Durant's passing lane here and Kawhi gets a pretty uncontested one-man-fast-break layup.
Defense again leads to easy offense as Tony Parker does all he can matched up against Durant, putting his body fully into KD to prevent a shot and relying on help behind him. Danny forces a tough look for Durant and Duncan cleans it up while Russell Westbrook tests his vertical instead of getting back on D. Easy points.
It wasn't great ball movement that led to the most of the Spurs' buckets, usually just a single pass was necessary to get a good look, but this transition passing is really pretty. And that's how you beat four with three.
Manu's lone bucket to set the franchise mark for highest scoring postseason quarter. And the crowd loses it.
Clearly this game got extended garbage time but that doesn't mean that we can't take a minute to appreciate the magnificence of a Boris Diaw post-up.
And two Boban blocks because Boban.
Tim Duncan Watch:
We're keeping an eye on the big fella in these playoffs just in case this is the legend's last run.
The Thunder really struggled with the pick-and-roll for the whole game and Parker/Duncan PnR #6783 was a success.
Dion Waiters. Tim Duncan. Down low. Okay then.