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San Antonio Spurs lead Oklahoma City Thunder 2-0 in playoff series

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Game one ended with San Antonio winning on their home court due to a positive performance from Gregg Popovich's men, but with the Thunder attempting a fight back the Spurs kept the storm quiet winning game two on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center 122-77.

After getting off to a slow start, Spurs made up for it in style by demolishing one of the best sides in the Western Conference, as Gregg Popovich's men turned up the heatagainst a weakened Thunder team.

Tony Parker scored 22 points in the game and had another inspirational game as the point guard stated to ESPN after the match that it was about getting the job done, and taking a 2-0 lead to Oklahoma.

"We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I'm sure they're going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home."

The Thunder on the other hand will have two consecutive games at home before returning to San Antonio on May 30th, depending on whether they can claw back a 2-0 deficit.

After the encounter Kevin Durant, who didn't have the greatest impact last night commented to ESPN and believed it is about him and his team bouncing back and figuring out a defining strategy.

"(We) lost by a lot two games in a row. It's hard for you to stay together, but we have a group of guys that are not front-runners and we'll figure it out."

The Thunder have previously lost two games on the bounce which was against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the play-offs before bouncing back to win the series 4-3.

The game meanwhile started in favor of the visitors, as Scott Brooks's team took an early two-point lead at 26-24.Durant got off to a flyer recording nine points while Steven Adams and Caron Butler both added five to the board.

Tony Parker scored six for the hosts with Tiago Splitter adding five but it wasn't the perfect start they were looking for.

When Popovich wants a response, a response he'll get as San Antonio roared into life to pick up the second quarter 34-18.

Danny Green and Manu Ginobili both scored nine points to put the side in a controlling position with Parker adding eight and collecting three assists.

Apart from Russell Westbrook scoring eight for the visitors, no one else really took control of the game for the Thunder as ten points were shared between five players; and heading in at half-time Spurs bounced back to take a 14 point lead heading into the third at 58-44.

Popovich's men kept up their momentum, cruising in the third to score 33 points to Thunder's 18.

Brooks' team were struggling as Durant, Westbrook and Reggie Jackson could only manage four points each.

For the hosts meanwhile Parker added another eight along with Tim Duncan, who scored all three attempted field goals, as Green assisted in placing six on the board.

San Antonio were looking home and dry with 12 minutes remaining as the hosts had a comfortable lead at 91-62, and heading into the fourth Popovich had the wisdom to rest his key players.

Considering it was a weakened side put out by both teams, San Antonio still completed the job in style winning the fourth period 21-16.

Cory Joseph scoring six in nine minutes with Aron Baynes and Marco Belinelli adding four.
For Thunder, Brooks gave the players on the bench a chance to shine as Jeremy Lamb scored 13 points, converting six of his eight attempted field goals.

Thunder will have time off to think over their strategy heading back to Oklahoma, while San Antonio will know they can't switch off on Sunday night at the Cheasapeake Energy Arena.

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