SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Former Tiger standout Gary Neal, '07 has played an important role in the San Antonio Spurs' drive for an NBA Championship.
After a 101-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in the opening game of the NBA Western Conference finals, the Spurs have won nine straight playoff games this year.
In the win over the Thunder at the A&T Center, Gary came off the bench to score 12 points as he made five of nine shots from the floor, including two of four attempts from three-point range.
He made his biggest contributions in the fourth quarter as he scored seven of his points as the Spurs overcame a 71-62 deficit to pull out a win. With 5:05 remaining in the game, Gary connected on a long three-pointer to give San Antonio an 82-76 lead.
In the Spurs' nine playoff games, Gary has averaged a little more than 15 minutes per game. He is averaging 8.7 points per game and has made 56.6 percent of his field goal attempts. He is also shooting 50 percent from three-point range.
The Spurs, who have won 19 games in a row, will try to take a 2-0 series lead when they host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.