With 5.9 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 84, San Antonio guard Tony Parker hit a 21-foot jumper with time expiring to give the Spurs an 86-84 victory over the defending Western Conference Champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Parker finished with his first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points on 6 for 13 shooting, as well as dishing out 11 assists.
Tim Duncan led all Spurs with 20 points on 8 for 19 from the field. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 3 shots.
A couple of NBA milestones were reached on this night. With Duncan’s 8 rebounds, he has now passed “Sir Charles” Barkley for 17th on the NBA’s all-time career rebounding list.
Kevin Durant, who led all scorers with 23 points, became the second-youngest player in NBA history (Lebron James) to score 10,000 points. Durant also contributed 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Russell Westbrook, who struggled throughout the night with his shot, finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He did however turn the ball over 6 times. His lapse on the defensive end late in the game was responsible for Tony Parkers wide-open look at the basket to win the game.
Oklahoma City ended the night with just 18 assists, which ties their season average from last season. TNT analyst Steve Kerr believes by trading away Harden a few days ago, the Thunder lose their best facilitator on the court, which could be a huge problem down the line.
Highlight of the Game: Eric Maynor drains a buzzer beater from 3/4 of the court to end the third quarter.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports