Tony Parker swished the buzzer-beater and unleashed a cathartic scream. Under the basket, Kevin Durant stood frozen in disbelief.
Throw in the trade that sent James Harden to Houston, and that's two stunners for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first week of this NBA season.
Parker sank a 21-footer as time expired and the San Antonio Spurs won a thrilling rematch of the Western Conference finals, beating visiting Oklahoma City 86-84 on Thursday night without having to chase around Harden this time.
Parker scored the last of his 14 points while Serge Ibaka -- the NBA's leading shot-blocker last season -- ran at him full steam. The All-Star guard calmly swished a long jumper from the left wing before breaking into a sustained scream while his teammates mobbed him in front of the Thunder bench.
"I was like, I have to shoot fast," Parker said about eluding the outstretched arm of the 6-foot-10 Ibaka. "He was coming very fast."
Durant led all scorers with 23 points and began his sixth NBA season by becoming the second-youngest player behind LeBron James to reach 10,000 career points. Durant, however, stood silent under the basket for several seconds after Parker's shot before walking
"We lost him. We didn't get him in time, but he still made a tough shot over Serge," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
The defending West champions broke up their Big Three by trading the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year to Houston on Saturday. Harden had 37 points and 12 assists in a brilliant debut with the Rockets on Wednesday night.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili missed the game because of a back problem. Coach Gregg Popovich said Ginobili "is really close" and that he could make his season debut Saturday against Utah.
Hornets: Disputing speculation that he's unhappy in New Orleans, Eric Gordon said that the injury to his right knee is legitimate and he wants to play for the Hornets.
Gordon said he had a setback after trying out for the U.S. Olympic team this past summer. He insisted that he's not sitting out to show his displeasure over the Hornets matching a four-year, $58 million offer from the Phoenix Suns.
"I know things haven't been going as well as hoped," Gordon said after practice. "It's tough as a player to go through these things. ... It has been very frustrating not to be able to play."
Knicks-Nets rescheduled: The game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets that was postponed by SuperStorm Sandy will be played Nov. 26. The teams were scheduled to play the first regular-season game at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone it with much of the city's mass-transit system still not operating.
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