The 2012 Western Conference finals rematch between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder lived up to the hype. This time around, the Spurs were able to defeat the Thunder on a buzzer-beater by Tony Parker who drained a 21-foot jumper to give the Spurs an 86-84 win.
Parker was wide open due to Tim Duncan setting a screen to keep Kevin Durant from getting to Parker. The screen worked so well that Durant was nowhere near Parker. The final play was set for Parker to take the final shot, and the play was executed to perfection.
This final play would not have happened if not for a key steal by Kawhi Leonard, who picked off a bad pass by Russell Westbrook with the game tied at 84 points with just seven seconds left.
Parker came on late as he scored the Spurs' final five points, and on the night had just 14 points in the win. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 20 points, eight rebounds and had three rejections; he was playing like his old self and not like he is 36. The Spurs were able to get the win despite not having Manu Ginobili, who was out with a back injury.
The Thunder were in this game despite shooting just 37 percent from the field, and they had the ball with the game tied with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Then Westbrook turned the ball over.
The Thunder were led in scoring by Durant who had 23 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not quite enough to get the win.
This story originally appeared at SB Nation.