Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  9 responses

Tony Parker Credits Serge Ibaka’s Scoring for OKC Thunder Win

The San Antonio Spurs did a good job keeping Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook under wraps last night, but that left Serge Ibaka open and he made them pay dearly. The big man scored a season-high 25 points and snatched 17 rebounds, and Tony Parker knows that Serge was the difference in the 107-93 Thunder victory. Per the Express-News: “It wasn’t Durant who led the way toward OKC’s 11th straight victory. Nor was it his running buddy, Russell Westbrook. Serving notice how far they’ve come since the season opener, when Tony Parker beat them at the buzzer in San Antonio, the Thunder were able to cruise against one of the NBA’s best teams without big nights from either All-Star. Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points to go with 17 rebounds and three blocks, while sixth man Kevin Martin threw in 20 points off the bench as the Thunder (20-4) extended the club’s longest winning streak since relocating from Seattle before the 2008-09 season. ‘We were doing a good job slowing down Westbrook and Durant,’ said Parker, whose 14 points equaled Nando De Colo for the team lead. ‘If Ibaka’s going to shoot like that, there’s nothing we can do.’ [...] Some of this harkened back to June, and not just because of Ibaka’s dead-aim shooting. Ibaka was 11-for-11 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, one of the defining performances of that series. Monday, Ibaka buried his first seven shots before finishing 10 of 16 and turning in his first 20-10 game of the season.”

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  • biggieman

    I like how TP claims that they did a good job slowing down KD and Westbrook… They still combined for 43 pts and didn’t really need to play in the 4th because the game was already over… Thunder will smoke the Spurs again this spring if they meet up.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Credit to ibaka for expanding his game, they r setting screens for dude to get his jumper

  • nhm

    so this is ibaka’s first 20/10 game? i dunno.. looking at him play, it’s as if he affects the game even when he’s got 8/8/2b.. and that’s impressive.

  • Dagger

    The Thunder will win the west if Ibaka can score consistently.

  • LakeShow

    They probably will either way…

  • KevinWarren

    I don’t know man. They play 15 of the next 22 on the road and when post season comes, the Clips and Grizzlies and Spurs are all matchup nightmares for them.

  • LakeShow

    I had assumed @disqus_kzFNajbi2S:disqus was walking about regular season wins.
    I don’t think they will win the west playoff wise no matter who does what. Grizz, Clips, and Lakers can, and I think will, beat OKC in the playoffs.

  • shutup

    This is nothing new, Spurs picked their poison and got killed by it. Same thing happened in the playoffs last year, I’m sure the Spurs will bounce back and be even better for it.

  • Name

    Interesting how you say the Lakers can beat OKC in the playoffs but you don’t mention the Spurs. SA is clearly the better team, they are just going through a small slump