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SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker hit a 22-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the San Antonio Spurs an 86-84 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs trailed 84-81 before Parker hit a clutch 3-pointer with 23 seconds left.

The Thunder had a chance to take the last shot, but San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from Kevin Durant, and Spurs center Tim Duncan quickly called a timeout.

Then Parker, who finished with 14 points and 11 assists, hit the game-winner.

Duncan lead the Spurs with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Danny Green added 13 points, Steven Jackson 11 and Boris Diaw 10.

The game was a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals. The Thunder came back from an 0-2 deficit and snapped San Antonio's 20-game winning streak en route to winning the series in six games.

Oklahoma City no longer has one of its key players from that series, James Harden. He was traded to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Guard Kevin Martin, one of the players the Thunder acquired in the Harden deal, had 15 points Thursday. Martin hit a 3-pointer with 3:31 left to tie the score at 80.

Durant, the reigning NBA scoring champ, had a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Russell Westbrook added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City scored 10 points in the final four minutes of the third quarter, and tied it entering the final quarter with Eric Maynor's 54-footer at the buzzer.

Duncan had six of the Spurs' last nine points to end the first half, giving San Antonio a 45-40 lead at the break.

Duncan had 12 points and five rebounds in the half.

The Spurs, coming off a 99-95 road win against the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, struggled out of the gate against the youthful Thunder.

Oklahoma City quickly jumped to a 8-0 lead but cooled quickly in the second quarter, shooting 6-for-23 (26 percent).

Durant kept the Thunder in the game with 12 first-half points.

Both teams traded blows in the first half, which featured four ties and nine lead changes.

NOTES: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili sat out his second consecutive game with back spasms. "He's really close," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before tip-off. "I think he'll be OK for the weekend. He missed the game (Wednesday) night, and it doesn't make much sense to play him when he hasn't practiced." ... Though the Thunder did not win the NBA championship, it does feature two gold medalists: Durant and Westbrook were members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. ... The Spurs sported new home uniforms, the first in the NBA without any lettering on the front. ... Duncan passed Charles Barkley for 17th place on the NBA's all-time rebounding list. Barkley had 12,546 rebounds in his career.
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