The night belonged to Tony Parker who scored a season-high 42 points and dished out nine assists as the Spurs beat the Thunder 107-96 in San Antonio Saturday night.
The Thunder were playing their second game in two nights having beaten the Memphis Grizzlies in comeback fashion Friday night.
Keeping up with Parker for 39 minutes on the heels of a back-to-back proved too much for the Thunder. Parker shot 16-of-29 from the field and posted a plus-20, plus-minus for the game.
San Antonio led 57-47 at halftime behind 17 from Parker and 9-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City remained in the game almost entirely because of Kevin Durant who scored 17 points also in the first half.
Parker kept it up in the third with 13 more points as San Antonio took an 88-70 lead into the fourth.
The Thunder bench played well to start the fourth and the Thunder got the deficit down to ten a few times.
Durant and Russell Westbrook returned with 6:51 left in the fourth but Parker continued to be too much.
Durant finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Westbrook chipped in with 18 points, six assists and six rebounds and James Harden added 19 points.
The Spurs shot just 42 percent from the field but went 12-for-23 from deep and 21-of-25 from the line. The Thunder struggled from the line in this game making just 17-of-28 free throws.
You knew going in that it was going to be a tough game for the Thunder to win in San Antonio on a back-to-back and then add the fact that Parker would score 42 and become the Spurs all-time leading assists leader made it seem like the Thunder never really had a chance.
Oklahoma City (18-5) is off for the Super Bowl and will play their next game at Portland (14-10) Monday, Feb. 6.