Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/30/12
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs won their 20th consecutive game, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday at the AT&T Center. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 34 points and eight assists as the Spurs never trailed, holding off a fourth-quarter Oklahoma City rally to take a 2-0 series lead. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili added 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, It was San Antonio's 10th consecutive playoff victory and the 20 straight overall is a franchise record. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday in Oklahoma City. San Antonio led 92-76 after three quarters before James Harden ignited an Oklahoma City comeback, helping the Thunder cut the lead to six. Harden had eight points in the Thunder's 16-6 run, but they never got closer than 99-93 with 5:40 remaining. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 31 points, while Harden added 30 and Russell Westbrook had 27. All 10 Spurs who played scored points, as Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and forward Tim Duncan had 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs made 55.1 percent of their field goals (43 of 78), and hit a scoring high for this postseason. Parker made 16 of 21 field goals, and scored eight in the fourth quarter. After Westbrook committed a hard foul on Parker midway through the second quarter, Parker scored the Spurs' next seven points and increased the lead to 49-37. A 12-2 run midway through the third quarter included an uncontested 3-pointer by Parker with Ginobili on the assist, giving the Spurs a 20-point lead. The Spurs jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game, continuing the momentum from the 101-98 victory in Game 1. Parker had 17 points and five assists at halftime, giving the Spurs a 55-44 lead at the break. Durant and Harden both had 14 points at the half as the Thunder tried to keep up with the Spurs, and Westbrook scored 19 in the second half. The Spurs allowed more than 100 points for the first time this postseason. Notes: Duncan's four blocks gave him 473 career blocked shots in the postseason, passing Hakeem Olajuwon (472) for second all-time. Duncan needs four more blocks to pass postseason blocks leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (476).....Oklahoma City has a 15-4 record in games played after a loss. The Thunder's last losing streak was a three-game slide against Memphis, Miami and Indiana from April 2-6... San Antonio came back from a nine-point deficit entering the fourth quarter in Game 1, pushed by a speech from coach Gregg Popovich when he told players, "I want some nasty." The phrase has become a rallying cry in San Antonio, with local retail stores printing shirts with the quote. One sign from a fan in the AT&T read "Yo quiero nasty."
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