Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Kuwait- Thunder narrow Spurs deficit  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 27/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab Times) Lahoma city may 26 (afp): serge ibaka returned from injury and sparked the oklahoma city thunder to a much-needed 106-97 nba playoff victory over the san antonio spurs on sunday. with the victory the thunder climbed back into the best-of-seven western conference finals. they now trail two-games-to-one after the spurs won the first two games by an average of 26 points. the thunder will try to level the series when they host game four on tuesday. the winners of the series will face either two-time defending nba champions miami or indiana for the nba crown. russell westbrook scored 26 points with seven assists and eight rebounds for the thunder who had 25 points and 10 rebounds from nba most valuable player kevin durant. but the injection of energy from ibaka who missed the first two games of the series with a left calf injury that was expected to sideline him for the rest of the playoffs was key.

two days after his injury status was upgraded to day-to-day ibaka was inserted into the starting lineup and hit his first five shots from the floor. he also provided a strong defensive presence with spurs coach gregg popovich saying he was 'everywhere.' 'serge is always great in the paint he blocks shots he changes shots. he did a fine job' popovich said. without ibaka the thunder had allowed the spurs to shoot at least 50 percent in the first two games. in this one the spurs shot just 39.6 percent connecting on just 36 of 91 from the floor. spain's ibaka finished with 15 points seven rebounds and four blocked shots in just under 30 minutes on the floor. manu ginobili scored 23 points ? making six three-pointers ? and tim duncan added 16 points and eight rebounds for the spurs.

however san antonio point guard tony parker endured a tough night connecting on just four of his 13 attempts from the field and finishing with nine points. 'okc played well' parker said. 'we didn't take care of the ball. that starts with me as a point guard i need to play better. i missed some easy stuff today and had some bad turnovers in the second quarter.' however popovich said the spurs' biggest problem was their failure to come out with intensity after their two big wins. 'i was very disappointed that we didn't come out with more of a foot-on-the-neck attitude' popovich said. 'they killed us on the boards. they beat us on 50-50 balls and that's very disappointing to me. that's not the way you approach a game.' popovich called the first half 'probably the poorest defense we've played in a very long time.'

'it was a bad half' said popovich who credited ginobili's three-pointers with keeping the spurs in touch.

in the third however the thunder began to pull away. two kendrick perkins free throws at the 8:36 mark of the third capped a 10-2 scoring burst that gave oklahoma city a 67-57 lead. ginobili made a three-pointer to pull the spurs within 75-71 with 2:46 to go in the period but the thunder extended the margin to 83-76 going into the fourth quarter. the hosts led by as many as 20 in the final period and the spurs didn't narrow the gap into single digits until the waning moments. 'we're a prideful group of guys' thunder coach scott brooks said 'and we bounced back tonight. we always talk about that bounce back ability and we had that tonight.'


 


Arab Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 1 2015 - Saudi- Short circuit caused Aramco fire 3 Canadians among deadArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) ALKHOBAR: A short circuit involving a transformer in the basement of the residential complex of Saudi Aramco resulted in the fire on Sunday according to a preliminary probe. The ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Saudi- Why top women won't contest civic electionsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: A number of prominent Saudi women have cited several reasons for not running as candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Some of them are an alleged lack of ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Car Bomb Hits Libya's TripoliQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) A car bomb exploded in the Thahra area of central Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday.One person was injured in the blast and a number of cars parked nearby were damaged. ...

 Sep 1 2015 - The Syrian conundrumArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) This is with reference to the article 'Ousting Assad must to defeat Daesh' (Aug. 31) by Hassan Barari. Saudi Arabia has been calling for the removal of Bashar Assad since the ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Israeli Naval Forces Fire on Gaza FishermenQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of Gaza City on Tuesday morning. The fishermen came under fire as they were sailing off the ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Saudi- Power politicsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) I read with interest the article 'Justice done to death' (Aug. 31) by Neil Berry. I have started to believe that laws are meant only to rein in the masses worldwide. People like ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Qatar- QTA Awarded Best Arab Government Tourism AuthorityQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Monday announced receiving the award of "Best Arab tourist governmental body" for 2015, and granted by the Arab Center for Media tourism, ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Tortured alive or poisoned to death: The suffering of stray dogs in EgyptDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) They were born believing the streets are their home. No matter how unsafe home is, they don't have anywhere else to go to, it's where they belong. Even if that means ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Egypt- The witches and wizards of the Patient Support Team: A new approach for charity eventsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) If you are a Harry Potter fan living in Egypt, you will almost certainly have heard about the Harry Potter Experience organised by the Patient Support Team (PST). Last ...

 Sep 1 2015 - The industrialisation of reconciliation: Iran, Saudi Arabia and ISDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) came across a curious news item the other day on Reuters about an industrial development project in Saudi Arabia, and it rang a few bells. The plan is to build a "new ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help