Tony Parker sank a 21-foot jumper as time expired and the San Antonio Spurs won a thrilling rematch of the Western Conference finals, beating...
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker sank a 21-foot jumper as time expired and the San Antonio Spurs won a thrilling rematch of the Western Conference finals, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 86-84 on Thursday night.
Parker scored the last of his 14 points while Serge Ibaka — the NBA’s leading shot-blocker last season — ran at him full steam. The All-Star guard calmly swished a long jumper from the left wing before screaming in excitement while his teammates mobbed him in front of the Thunder bench.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 23 points and began his sixth NBA season by becoming the second-youngest player behind LeBron James to reach 10,000 career points.
The defending West champions are starting anew this season without James Harden, who was dealt to Houston last weekend after he and the team couldn’t agree on a contract extension.
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The Spurs played without guard Manu Ginobili, out with a back problem.
MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy’s balky knees have been holding up.
Now the Minnesota Timberwolves are truly going to put those valuable joints of his to the test.
“The preseason was great, but it’s nothing like actually getting your name back in the books again for a real game,” Roy said. “I’m excited. I’ve got some of my family coming into town. I’m just going to go out there, play hard and try to enjoy it.”
When the Timberwolves host Sacramento on Friday night, the former Huskies star from Garfield High School will take the court and complete a remarkable comeback from chronic pain in both of his knees that prompted his retirement until a revival of his career this summer.
• Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said he’s “in it for the long haul” when it comes to seeing his struggling franchise transformed into a winner.
• The game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets that was postponed by Superstorm Sandy will be played Nov. 26.
• New Orleans guard Eric Gordon said his right knee injury is legitimate and he looks forward to playing for the Hornets.