It may have been a great night for San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker. But for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Parker was a bane in their lives for 48 minutes.
Parker scored a whopping 42 points in Saturday's Spurs win over the Thunder. The same Thunder team that is 8-1 when holding opponents to less than 40 percent shooting, that boasts one of the better shot blockers in the league in Serge Ibaka and that, for a stretch of games this season, had not allowed a single opponent to shoot 50 percent or better.
But for as much as one can point to lackadaisical Thunder defense, credit Parker for upping his game against the West's best. Especially since San Antonio has been without its star, Manu Ginobili.
So how did Parker do it? How did Parker not only manage to score on one of the better defensive teams, but also make a huge case why he should be named to the 2012 All-Star Game? He got into the teeth of Oklahoma City's interior defense.
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