SportVU Matchup Data: West Finals Game 6
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime on Saturday to win the Western Conference Finals and advance to their second straight NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. With SportVU data, we look at the matchups from most competitive game of this series, including Kawhi Leonard vs. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant defending the 3-point line and Tim Duncan against the defense of Serge Ibaka and the rest of the Thunder.
Leonard Guarding Westbrook
Russell Westbrook saw far more of Kawhi Leonard in Game 6 compared to the rest of the series, and this matchup was one of the few that favored the Thunder guard in Game 6. Westbrook was 3-of-5 from the field against Leonard last night along with a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, and shot over 50% when guarded by Leonard in the rest of the series.
However, Leonard did record one block against Westbrook and it may have been the biggest defensive play of his career, preventing a go-ahead layup with 43 seconds left in overtime and helping the Spurs maintain their lead.
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Durant Defending The Three
After a series of struggling to defend the 3-point line, Durant allowed just 1-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 6 compared to the 11-of-18 shooting he had allowed through the rest of the series.
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Ibaka's Impact on Duncan
Serge Ibaka made his presence felt on the defensive end, limiting Tim Duncan to just 2-of-7 shooting with two blocks. Against the rest of the Thunder defenders in the half-court, Duncan was 4-of-7 for 10 points.
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