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The San Antonio Spurs (19-6) hit the road once again as they travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder (19-4) for a Western Conference showdown.
Tonight's matchup will be interesting to watch not just because of two West powerhouse teams colliding but because of recent events involving Stephen Jackson and Serge Ibaka involving Jackson being fined for making a threatening comment towards the Thunder's center.
The Spurs won the first matchup 86-84 in San Antonio this past November with Tony Parker nailing a buzzer beater for the win. Five Spurs scored in double figures with Parker finishing with 14 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan adding 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Kevin Durant led OKC with 23 points, and 14 rebounds.
For the Spurs, they are coming off a 103-88 win over the Celtics in San Antonio. Parker paced San Antonio with 22 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals.
For the Thunder, they are coming off a 113-103 win over the Kings with Durant leading OKC with 31 points in the victory. With the win OKC has now won 10-games in a row.
And as these two titans of the West get set to rumble, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
• San Antonio has won three consecutive games against Oklahoma City. OKC is currently 8-1 at home this season versus Western Conference opponents.
• It will be a battle of the top-two offensive teams tonight as San Antonio averages 104.8 points per game good for second in the NBA while Oklahoma City averages 105.4 points per game good for first in the NBA.
• Oklahoma City is 4-1 when their opponent scores 90 points or less.
• Oklahoma City is 11-0 this season when five or more players score 10 or more points.
• San Antonio is 6-0 on the road when the team shoots 50% or more FG.
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Arguably one of the best NBA points guards in the 2000's, Spurs guard Tony Parker showed off his usual flair for the dramatic in the fourth quarter of San Antonio's game against the Boston Celtics last night. Watch as Tony P gets to the rack and somehow uses the top of the backboard to get his circus shot to fall:
Tony Parker was asked after the Spurs-Celtics game if there is a rivalry building between the Thunder and the Spurs; he replied that it’s not on the same level of the rivalries with the Los Angeles Lakers or Dallas Mavericks of past years. Via Project Spurs: “No not yet. Not like the Lakers or the [...]The post Tony Parker: Spurs-Thunder Rivalry Not Happening. Yet. appeared first...
Ever wondered just how intense practices were for the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team?" How much trash-talking was done between the legendary players? What did Christian Laettner have to go through? What about the loss to the college players for Team USA? Who were the leaders for such a star-studded team? How wild did Charles Barkley get?
Fortunately. San Antonio Spurs legend...
The San Antonio Spurs are limping along early in the regular season with Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Jackson and Manu Ginobili suffering various injuries. Ginobili suffered a left thigh contusion in last night's win over Boston and is questionable for the upcoming game versus the Thunder. But the team might be seeing Jackson back on the court.
According to Jackson, he is targeting...
Tony Parker doesn't believe the Spurs and Thunder are rivals just yet.
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has a packed NBA resume full of accolades. From being an NBA All-Star, a candidate for the NBA MVP, and NBA champion to winning the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, Parker's trophy case is quite full.
Well Parker might want to create some space on that shelf.
TP has been nominated for FIBA’s European Player of the Year in 2012.
Parker is joined...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 103-88 on Saturday night.
Gary Neal added 20 points, Danny Green scored 12 and Tiago Splitter finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (19-6), which overcame the loss of Manu Ginobili to improve to 8-2 at home.
Ginobili departed with a bruised...
The matchup of the game for Tuesday night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets is between point guards Tony Parker and Ty Lawson.
The last time these two met in their first matchup, the Spurs got won the game by a huge margin and Parker out played his opposing point guard in less minutes played.
Parker had 14 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in 25...
The matchup of the game when Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the San Antonio Spurs is between Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook.
In their last meeting, both players had great games with 14 points and 11 assists from Parker and 18 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds from Westbrook.
San Antonio will likely be without guard Manu Ginobili (quad contusion) and that will have...
SAN ANTONIO -- With Manu Ginobili out hurt and Tim Duncan struggling, the San Antonio Spurs turned to Tony Parker and a tested bench to get them a win. They produced in convincing style. Parker had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Spurs to a 103-88 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night at the AT&T Center. The 12th-year guard was 8-of-14 from the field and 5...
Celtics drop their 2nd game in a row-tonight they lose to the Spurs in San Antonio, 103-88. This was basically more of the same from Boston tonight: turnovers, poor defense and the inability to make shots when it mattered. Tony Parker easily won the battle of marquee PG’s, lighting-up Rondo and the C’s for 22 points. Parker’s back-up, Gary Neal, was equally impressive, putting...
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio guard Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Spurs to a 103-88 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Parker was 8 of 14 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line and scored nine points in the final quarter. Gary Neal added 20 points, Tiago Splitter 16 and Danny Green 12 as the Spurs snapped a two...
Spurs backcourt Tony Parker and Gary Neal combined for 42 points to lead the Spurs over the Celtics 103-88. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry led the Celtics with 19 apiece in the losing effort. Here are some more quick observations:
Jason Terry couldn't miss in the 1st half (17 points).
Jason Terry couldn't make in the 2nd half (1 point).
Manu Ginobili was limited to just over...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two weeks after being called out by San Antonio's Stephen Jackson, Serge Ibaka got his payback. The Oklahoma City forward bullied the Spurs as he led the Thunder to a 107-93 victory Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Ibaka led all scorers with 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting. He also racked up 17 rebounds and three blocked shots as Oklahoma City earned its...
The San Antonio Spurs (19-6) erased a two-game slide versus the Boston Celtics (12-11) tonight in San Antonio 103-88 despite having Manu Ginobili suffering a left thigh contusion and Tim Duncan having an off game offensively shooting 2-13 from the field.
The Spurs were paced by Tony Parker with 22 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Boston was led by Paul Pierce with...