The top-seeded San Antonio Spurs overcame Tony Parker, who had eight points, not playing during the second half to eliminate the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals Saturday 112-107 in overtime and advance to a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
Plagued the first five contests, the road club finally figured things out competing even more desperately than the home side. San Antonio’s 28-point Game 5 victory, which followed two blowout losses and was on the heels of the silver and black winning by 35 during Game 2, paid dividends for the Big Three who had enough rest to knock OKC, who got 21 points from Reggie Jackson, out Saturday night.
Up until Game 6 only Miami, at the Indiana Pacers during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, had prevailed away from home during the conference finals.
The Spurs though did it the hard way to get their first victory in 10 tries at Chesapeake Energy Arena without one of their leaders Parker for the final 29 minutes. In Tony’s absence, however, another Frenchman came to the assistance of the two other future Hall of Famers for San Antonio and the Spurs’ future Kawhi Leonard (17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and one very huge steal).