Popovich's tongue lashing spurs San Antonio to series-opening win SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tried to play innocent. San Antonio Spurs beat Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 in NBA Western final opener Erase nine-point deficit in fourth quarter for 19th consecutive victory. Pop's tongue lashing spurs San Antonio to win SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tried to play innocent. However, he could only deny so much after television cameras caught him demanding to "see some nasty" from his team following a lackluster third quarter. Unseemly as it might have been, Popovich's unusual urging worked, spurring the Spurs to a 101-98 victory [...] Spurs Defeat Thunder, 101-98: San Antonio Takes Game 1 In West Finals (VIDEO) Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder go after the opening jump ball to start Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 27, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Spurs rally to beat Thunder in NBA's West finals Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs turned it on in the fourth quarter to beat Oklahoma City 101-98 in the first game of the NBA Western Conference Finals. Spurs get 'nasty' to take 1-0 lead over Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) and Russell Westbrook (0) react against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 1 in their NBA basketball Western Conference finals playoff series on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio Spurs rally past Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of West finals Manu Ginobli leads a fourth-quarter spurt as San Antonio stretches winning streak to 19. NBA: San Antonio Spurs rally past Oklahoma City Thunder for 19th straight win Game 1 win is San Antonio's 19th in a row, tying a record 2012 NBA Playoffs: San Antonio Spurs Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference Finals Fan's View On Sunday, May 27, the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs will try to extend their overall winning streak to 19 games when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals. The Spurs won their final 10 games of the regular season and have won their first eight postseason contests. San Antonio's last loss occurred more than six weeks ago--on April 11, against the ... Spurs Strike First in West Finals Gregg Popovich wanted some "nasty." The San Antonio Spurs obliged, and they've now tied NBA history.
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