Summer Vegetarian Supper

Sizzling Summer Vegetarian Supper with Tomatoes from Our San Antonio Garden

by Celia Hayes

The first of the tomatoes from the garden are coming along slowly – but this week we had a good double-handful of small cherry tomatoes, in all colors; the usual red, but some lemon-yellow ones, and some of them so-called ‘black’ which were actually a kind of pale purple. Having a couple of ears of fresh corn in the refrigerator, I decided to make a summer corn and tomato relish out of them. This recipe was pulled from Cuisine at Home, issue #52, August 2005.

Whisk together ¼ cup cider vinegar and 1 TBsp sugar, until sugar is dissolved. Combine with 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, 1 cup of fresh corn kernels, (From two ears of corn), ½ cup thinly sliced red onion, 2 TBsp. chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley, and 1 TBsp. each chopped fresh chives and thinly-sliced fresh basil, with a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper and salt to taste. Cover and chill until serve. This recipe can be reduced by half, for a smaller number of people.

With the corn and tomato salad, we duplicated the cheese and spinach stuffed Portabella mushrooms that our local HEB has on hand, only using sorrel leaves instead of spinach. My daughter says that the sorrel, cooked, has more substance and flavor than spinach.

Take two (or as many as you need, allowing one per person) Portabella mushrooms, at least five inches across. Slice off the stem, level with the underside of the mushroom, and gently wipe the mushroom cap clean. Lightly brush the cap with olive oil, and place in a baking dish, stem side up. Sprinkle the mushroom underside with a light dusting of adobo seasoning, and layer each mushroom with fresh spinach leaves, or sorrel leaves, torn in half to fit and making two or three layers of leaves. Pile each with about 1/3 to ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese, and a little crumbled dry thyme. Bake at 350° for twenty minutes or so, until the cheese is deliciously melted and runny, and the mushrooms are done.

We topped off this supper with a focaccia bread loaf, made from dough left over from a recipe in a book called Rustic European Breads From Your Bread Machine. The recipe is a speedy one, French Baguettes For a Crowd – we use about two-thirds of the dough to make a thin-crust pizza, and the rest for a small pan of focaccia.

Combine in the bread machine pan: 2 ½ teasp bread machine yeast, 1 ½ cups water (we use whey left from cheese-making, which we store in a jug in the refrigerator) 3 ½ cups bread flour (or the same of regular flour and 1 TBsp vital wheat gluten) and 2 teasp salt. Run through the dough cycle, and allowed to rise at least once or twice. This dough can also be stashed in the refrigerator for a couple of days, until required. Just let it rise again, once removed from the refrigerator. Take that third, and press it out in an 8 x 8 pan greased with olive oil – although I did this loaf in a Japanese enamel pan which measures about 8 x 6. Once risen, then make deep indentations in it with your finger, about every two inches. Slather with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, 1 teasp of thyme and about 2 TBsp of grated Parmesan. (We used dour own home-made Parmesan.) Bake in a 350° oven – if you are doing the mushrooms, you can bake them together. Dinner delight – guaranteed.

Fresh Mortgage Rates

Today’s Mortgage Rates 6/21/12

(Supplied by Bill Rapp)

Conforming Conventional:    

Today’s Conventional 5/1 ARM: 2.625; 2.740% APR
Today’s Conventional Fixed 30 Year: 3.500; 3.670% APR
Today’s Conventional Fixed 15 Year: 2.875; 3.062% APR

Non-Conforming Conventional (JUMBO)
Today’s Jumbo Conventional 7/1 ARM:  3.625%; 3.718% APR
Today’s Jumbo Conventional Fixed 30 Year: 4.375; 4.472% APR
Today’s Jumbo Conventional 15 Year Fixed:  4.250%; 4.420% APR

Government:
Today’s FHA and VA 5/1 ARM: 2.750; 3.629% APR
Today’s FHA and VA Rate 30 Year Fixed:  3.750%; 4.680% APR
Today’s FHA and VA Rate 15 Year Fixed:  2.750%; 3.385% APR

USDA Rural 100% Loan (Purchase Only):
Today’s USDA Rate 30 Year Fixed:  3.750%; 4.172% APR
NICHE Loan: FHA Full 203K (Unlimited REHAB) and 203B FHA (FICO 580 – 619):
Today’s FHA and VA Rate 30 Year Fixed:  4.750%; 5.787% APR
Texas Bond Program 77 (Assisted 4% Down-Payment Grant Program) – US Bank (640 Min)
Today’s BOND 77 Loan:  4.200%; 5.397% APR

FHA Reverse Mortgage (HECM)
Today’s Reverse Mortgage (HECM):  4.990%; 5.532% APR


“Conventional Rates and terms above based on an 80% LTV, 740 mid-FICO, 400,000 loan amount, and full income documentation. (Jumbo Assumes 800,000 Loan Amount, FHA Assumes 270,200 loan amount.)

Minimum Down Payments: FHA 3.5%, USDA 0%, CONV 20%, VA 0%, JUMBO 20%”

Bill Rapp
Sutherland Mortgage Services
Residential & Commercial
RMLO 228246
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Staging Tips for a Quick Home Sale

10 Home Staging Tips for a Quicker Sale

by Joe Eitel

When it comes to selling your home fast, staging it correctly is probably the most effective strategy. In fact, studies conducted by the staging experts at StagedHomes.com showed that 94-percent of staged homes sold in 29 days or less compared to 145 days for homes that weren’t staged.

So, what exactly is staging? In short, staging is preparing your home to be sold by cleaning, arranging and optimizing the space. According to published national surveys, real estate professionals rank cleaning/decluttering, lighting and electrical/plumbing as the top three most important areas to address when staging a home. There are several other important staging tips to consider as well. Here are 10 of the most important tips to keep in mind:

Declutter
Potential buyers will not get a great first impression of your home if there’s clutter everywhere. Remove as much “stuff” as possible from your home prior to an open house or showing. You can donate, rent a dumpster, rent a temporary storage unit, or recycle. The key is to get rid of as much clutter as possible.

Furniture Arrangement
Arrange the furniture in a way that makes the space more user-friendly and promotes an open feeling. According to HGTV, an effective strategy is to pull furniture away from walls. This will help make the room feel larger.

Room with a Purpose
Make sure each room of your home resembles what it was originally intended for. In other words, the dining room should resemble a dining room and not a storage area or home office.

Fresh Paint
The least expensive way to freshen up a home and make it more attractive to a potential buyer is with a little paint. Choose neutral colors to appeal to more buyers. Also, consider painting adjacent rooms the same color to promote a greater feeling of open space.

Accessorize Correctly
Accessories can really improve the look of a room, but over-accessorizing can do just the opposite. To avoid a cluttered appearance, accessorize in threes. This means sticking to three accessories per shelf, tabletop and on the walls. Try to vary shapes and sizes as well.

Don’t Ignore the Floors
Fix flooring that’s damaged, cracked or stained. A potential buyer will instantly be turned off by damaged floors. StagedHomes.com estimates that sellers can achieve a 250 percent return on investment by fixing up floors.

Clean like Never Before
Your home should sparkle during open houses and showings. A little elbow grease goes a long way when selling a home. Be sure not to ignore discreet areas, such as moldings, window trim, walls, ceilings, tile grout and inside cabinets.

Appeal to all the Senses
Your home shouldn’t just look good, but it should also smell good. Remove any signs of pets from the home, including litter boxes and pet stains. It’s a good idea to have your carpeting professionally cleaned and deodorized. Remove anything that may give off a foul odor, such as moldy material or old furniture. Nobody wants to buy a stinky home!

Landscaping
The first thing a potential buyer sees is the outside of your home, so make a good first impression by addressing the landscaping around the home. Make sure the lawn is manicured, trees/bushes are trimmed, and flowerbeds are clean of debris. Landscaped areas should be decluttered (twigs/leaves/trash) and made to look fresh and new.

Lighting
Turn all the lights on during a showing, and open all curtains/blinds to let as much natural light into the home as possible. A dim, dull interior isn’t appealing to most buyers.


Joe Eitel is a web content writer for Hometown Dumpster rental, the nation’s leading provider of roll off dumpster rental and junk removal services.

Battleship Texas closing for repairs

Battleship Texas Closing for Repairs

News Release
Media Contact: Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, mike.cox@tpwd.state.tx.us

June 15, 2012

HOUSTON — The Battleship Texas, which has been stabilized since the historic vessel sprang a significant leak a week ago, will be closed to the public starting Monday until repairs can be completed.

“The closure will be for the duration of the salvage company and dive team repairs, a process we hope will take no more than a week,” said Andy Smith, Battleship Texas State Historical Site superintendent.

Currently, the ship is stable with a 1- to 2-degree list to the port and an estimated water inflow rate of less than 100 gallons per minutes. Earlier this week, the rate was 850 gpm, Smith said.

Clean-up of onboard oil residue continues and is in its third phase. Meanwhile, pumping will continue to keep up with incoming flow with all preparations in place to increase capacity as needed up to about 2,500 gpm with a combination of 4-inch electric and 3-inch pneumatic pumps.  These will continue on an around-the-clock basis.

TPWD has been working for some time toward the permanent dry-berthing of the ship, with details of that available at www.dryberthTEXAS.com

“If a dry-berth solution that the department can afford cannot be found,” Smith said, “TPWD will shift its efforts to repairing the ship in place. No final decision on the issue has been made, but the department remains committed to preserving this historic vessel. ”

Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the preservation of the 100-year-old battleship may do so at www.battleshiptexas.org

Statement by Gov. Perry on Obama Administration’s Immigration Announcement

Gov. Rick Perry released a statement regarding the Obama Administration’s immigration announcement:

Friday, June 15, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

“The Obama Administration’s election-year tactic to bypass Congress and arbitrarily grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants is another example of its blatant disregard for our Constitution, our rule of law and our democratic process. The laws of this nation are not open to selective, convenient or political interpretation; they are the very foundation of our freedom, and the protections they guarantee make our nation strong and attractive to immigrants around the world – millions of whom abide by our laws and processes and seek legal entry. These are decisions that should be thoroughly debated within the halls of Congress.

This Administration has failed to provide a secure border, which is essential to national security, and is instead granting blanket amnesty to those who have broken our laws. Failed border security and immigration policies have created a magnet for those who came in the first place. It’s clear President Obama prefers to upend the rule of law, picking winners and losers, rather than work with Congress and the American people on a sustainable, long-term solution.”

Nimitz Museum Fredericksburg Texas

Museum of the Pacific – Re-enactor Daze

by Celia Hayes

Among the attractions of Fredericksburg, the queen of the Hill Country is the Museum of the Pacific War. Ever since I started visiting the Hill Country (shortly after coming to settle in a tiny suburban San Antonio home) in 1995, the Museum has been expanding by leaps and bounds. On my very first visit it seemed that everything was pretty much contained within the old Nimitz hotel, the steam-boat shaped edifice at the corner of Main and Washington, with the Japanese peace garden out around in back. At a slightly later date, there was a open-sided shed with sides of chain link, down across Town Creek which contained some large and small relatively indestructible exhibits … but that was it. Until they began the Bush gallery, on an empty lot in back which faced Austin Street, and even that wasn’t very much to look at … at first. First it was completed, and then enlarged – maybe enlarged again. The garden alongside the old hotel was also renovated and landscaped, so that it looked more like it did at the end of the century before last – when the Nimitz Hotel was the social center/assembly room/auditorium/performance space for the area.

There is a picture that I have seen in old histories of the area, of the garden as it was – with roses and hop vines growing up over cedar pergolas. Old Charles Henry Nimitz, Admiral Chester Nimitz’s grandfather had built up the hotel from the four-roomed adobe house which existed on that particular town lot in the 1850s. He was quite a character, C.H. Nimitz – he had a reputation as a prankster and tall-tale-teller, but also was one of the most respected and successful town fathers; in the early days, the garden at the side of the hotel was a kind of beer garden. Now it is a garden again, but a little more ornate than before … and the Bush gallery with all the indoor displays is huge. All the displays and relics which used to be in the old hotel building are there, and expanded upon.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation took over management of the hotel property in 2005, and has never looked back … well, in the archival sense, they have looked back. As for the museum complex? It’s now an excellent addition to Fredericksburg as a destination for sightseeing. The front of the Bush gallery – which seems to be about six times larger than it was on the first time I visited — is adorned with what appears to be a submarine rising up from the depths. The Japanese mini-sub captured at Pearl Harbor, which used to be out in the garden, is now in its own exhibit space in the Bush gallery. Down the road a little way and across Town Creek, the out-of-doors Pacific War Zone is now three acres and change. They have a whole PT boat there, and a vintage hospital operating theater set up in a Quonset hut, and an open-air beachhead exhibit, which is the venue for extensive reenactments throughout the year. The next one is scheduled for the weekend of June 30-July 1. If you miss it, there won’t be another one until the first weekend in September. Which, considering the brutal summer heat of South Texas, is probably a good ideal. Still, I can’t help thinking that the very best thing that you can do for your birthplace is to grow up and become very, very famous.

Adventures in Auctions in Frederickburg Texas

Fredericksburg Adventures in Auctions

by Celia Hayes

We haven’t found anything good in a while, there are few spectacular big sales on the calendar, and our favorite thrift stores have been milked dry … so last weekend we explored a new venue: an estate auction. We had seen auctions on history channel shows, and had the the impression that they were cut-throat and expensive propositions, wherein one could get easily carried away, or accidentally bid on an item by scratching your ear at an inopportune moment. Still, I don’t know why we had never done this before; lack of time and opportunity, probably.

A friend of ours in Fredericksburg let us know of one, run by a local Fredericksburg auctioneer, on Saturday at the American Legion Hall. So, we toddled on up to Fredericksburg (again!) and checked out the Legion hall, which was about two-thirds filled with what was to be auctioned, including a one-horse buggy. How they got that inside, I will never know. There was an assortment of vintage furniture from the 1930s through 1970s, antique buckets and kerosene lamps, odd bits of this and that, a great many framed prints – good but not spectacular – china, woodworking tools, toys and craft-working supplies. We got there just as the bidding started. Maybe there were twenty or thirty people there at any one time; they seemed to float in and out.

The first rule we agreed upon was no getting carried away in bidding: top limit was $15, and no bidding on anything we had not examined. She registered to get a bidder number; we made a list of interesting lot numbers, found some chairs and realized that this might be a very long day. There were three ladies in front of us who were bidding enthusiastically; we assumed they were buying for an antique shop, as much of what they were getting were attractive and resalable things: framed prints, boxes of linens and doilies, a table lamp with a cut-glass base. But they bid on a number of boxes of Beanie Babies, too.

The only thing that I was interested in was a lot with a group of ink drawings by a local Pleasanton artist; don’t think they are originals, they look like prints, but there were several theater programs and special issues of magazines with them; an identical theater programs is on Amazon for $45, so we might be able to recoup the outlay by selling it. My daughter got flustered and transposed the number of one of our wanted lots, and accidentally put in a bid of $5 for a box of miscellaneous table linens and kitchen towels. The only time we went to our limit was for a box with some nice glassware in it which we had both looked at but wasn’t on our list. This was my fault; I got carried away, as the antique-buying ladies bid on it too.

While we were there, there were only two items that bidding got intense for: a brass hat-stand for $200 which I couldn’t see there was anything special about, and a piece of folk-art, ditto. $900, and the winning bid was from a lady whose grandfather had made it; which the auctioneer knew about, and said so. Otherwise, it was a surprisingly easy-going and congenial event: most items went after one or two bids, seemingly everybody knew pretty much what they wanted and what they wanted to pay for it. Seriously, if I was looking to outfit a house with solidly nice, but unspectacular vintage furniture, I’d go to one of these small-town auctions. A rather nice upholstered wingchair went for $5, and someone walked away with a set of nice wood dining room chairs for about $100. So … we may have found a new outlet. Although my daughter confessed to ducking down behind the antique-buying ladies’ tall pile of successful bids whenever she wanted to scratch her nose…

Pre Statehood Land Grants In Texas History

The Importance of Pre-statehood Land Grants In Texas History, And How It Affects Texas Property Rights and Titling Today

By Misty Barton of Degree Jungle

Texas has a rich and diverse history that is specifically linked to the giving and taking of land within its borders. Texas is the only American state that was ever its own sovereign nation. Understanding how land grants were used to settle and populate Texas before its statehood is essential to understanding modern property ownership and land sectioning in the state.
Spanish Conquest
 
The Spanish court claimed Texas beginning in 1519, but did not truly show interest in settling the area of assigning land ownership until the late 1600s. The Spanish natives who were inhabiting Mexico viewed Texas as distant, wild, and unfit for habitation. During the 150-year period when Spanish citizens were actively trying to populate and settle Texas, only sixty land grants were claimed, and most of those were assigned to missionary groups attempting to convert the natives to Catholicism. Most of those land titles centered around the Nacogdoches area, with fewer than ten titles granted in the San Antonia Goliad region. Today, roughly four million acres of Texas land are still controlled by the descendants of the original owners of Spanish land grants, and the original Spanish title is still considered a legally binding document.
Mexican Texas
 
In 1821, Mexico established its independence. Mexican officials decided to colonize Texas in order to dampen Indian activity along the border and discourage American expansion into South and Central America. It was during this period that Stephen Austin came to Mexico and fought for the colonization of Texas. He lobbied for, and was granted, a substantial amount of land under the Colonization Act of 1823. He attracted 300 families to the area between the Brazos and Colorado Rivers and granted each family land to farm. The survey methods used first by Austin at his colony were carried over to the Republic of Texas and used to set the boundaries of many later land grants. The Colonization Act of 1823 was replaced by a new set of laws in 1825, which required settlers to repay the state government for the land grant over a period of six years. A total of 22,000,000 acres wer deeded out by the Mexican government, all of which are legally recognized titles of ownership today.
The Republic of Texas
 
In 1836 the Republic of Texas established itself as a sovereign state, under the reign of no foreign government. In November of that year the government of Texas awarded land grants of 640 acres to any man who was willing to sign up for two years of service in the Texas regular army. When this did not attract enough volunteers, the land agreement was increased to 800 acres. When war broke out, men were offered 640 acres to serve the full length of the war, and 320 acres were awarded to those who served at least three months. If a man died in service his full tract was awarded to any surviving family member who staked a claim. In 1837, an even more attractive deal was struck promising men 320 acres for every three months of service, for up to 1,280 acres per man. The totals which came from these, and several similar laws that promised land grants for state service, were called “bounty warrants” and “battle donation grants”. A total of 5,354,250 acres were granted through bounty warrants, and 1,162,240 acres were titled through battle donation grants. Acres were also sold to settlers on a multi-year repayment system in order to generate land revenue. In all, during its 10 years as a republic, 41,570,733 acres of Texas land were titled.

This Article was written By Misty Barton, an English Major and History Buff from Missouri. She has a specific interest in the History of Texas’s early Republic period and statehood, including the settlement of the Brazos and Goliad areas. She also freelances for Degree Jungle.com a resource for college students.

Spurs Game 5 Belongs to the Visitors

Game 5 Belongs to the Visitors

by Randy Watson

The San Antonio Spurs have seen better days. I am not sure if the Spur’s fans would rather see their team lose in person, at home, or on TV, but they lost nonetheless and a loss is a loss regardless of the location. The Spurs started out well and took a quick lead but that lead slowly evaporated as the Thunder took control and eventually won 108 to 106.

Ibaka not the Man Tonight

The San Antonio Spurs did not have to worry about Serge Ibaka shooting perfectly this time around as he finished with only 9 points. But he still went 4-6 from the floor and those are pretty good numbers for a big man who is not the go-to player within the Thunder’s offense, or any offense for that matter.

Pass the Ball Westbrook

This is a classic series of fundamentals and solid basketball verse young legs and huge lungs. The Thunder do not seem to tire despite how many times they have to run up and down the court chasing Ginobili. They seem to have one break away after another and they are exciting to watch. The Spurs are outstanding to watch as well, certainly if you enjoy watching basketball be played how it is supposed to be played, by passing and superlative defense. It is hard though to check a team that is so much athletically superior to you though. Kevin Durant is a cross between Magic Johnson and Reggie Miller. He would probably even do a little better though if his buddy point guard, Russell Westbrook, would not dribble so much. Westbrook sure seems to slip a lot. Despite that, Westbrook made a key jumper, with about 2 minutes remaining, giving the Thunder a little more cushion.

Tough Match Up

The Spurs were hit hard in the second quarter and they trailed at the half by 8 points, 52-44. They were down by over 10 points several times in the second quarter as it seemed the Thunder were going to run them out of the arena. This was not a good quarter for Manu Ginobili as he was outplayed by his left handed and bearded nemesis James Harden (both of these players fought to win the 6th Man of the Year award but Harden prevailed in the voting for this award).

The Spurs are in Trouble

Ginobili may have been defeated in the 2nd quarter but he was not beaten. The Spurs would make a strike in the 3rd quarter as Ginobili returned as the Ginobili he has always been. But the Thunder would not quit and still took the quarter as they finished the 3rd quarter up by 9 points. This is pretty impressive since the San Antonio Spurs were smoking the entire league and were seemingly unbeatable when they were up 2-0 in this series. Now the tables have turned and the Spurs are looking at the brink of elimination; a thought that would have been summarily laughed at by almost anyone a week ago. Now the Spurs are seeing stars as they head into Game 6 and they have to return to probably the loudest arenas in the NBA, in Oklahoma. Anyone who says the folks in Oklahoma City are not proud to have an NBA team are not living on the same planet as the rest of us.

Ginobili was Awesome

The 4th quarter was spectacular, certainly if you were a Spur’s fan. But the Spurs could not seal the deal despite the best efforts from Tim Duncan and some outstanding flopping around by Ginobili and Tony Parker. They did ring up some foul calls and stop the Thunder’s momentum but the outstanding play by pretty much everyone on the Thunder’s team was too much for the Spurs to handle. Duncan finished with 18 points but Ginobili carried the day with 34. Ginobili knows how to shoot a basketball and he hit some huge 3 pointers in the second half.

Fisher was Significant

Gregg Popovich, the prolific and incredible winning coach with the Spurs, could only do so much. He argued with the refs in desperation in the 4th quarter after another fast break by Durant and rebound by Durant as he then made an open 16 footer with ease. The Thunder were having their way with the Spurs much to the chagrin of the home town crowd. Derek Fisher played well for the Thunder; well, he has been down this road before many times but now he is doing it with a team that is respectable.

The Avengers

The Spurs almost tied it up at the end but a huge three pointer by James Harden almost shut the door completely on the Spurs chances with about a 1:30 remaining. Harden’s three was supreme and it did not seem like the Spurs had enough time to catch the Thunder – which they did not as evident by the final score. It just seemed like whatever the Spurs tossed at the Thunder, the Thunder had Captain America’s shield and then they shot back with Iron Man’s palm laser beams.

The Times have Changed

The Spurs are finally looking their age which is shocking to many considering they were blowing teams out just a short time ago. Just go ask the Clippers.

Is the Streak Over – Spurs Lost

What happened to the Spurs?

by Randy Watson

You have to score points to win in basketball; even someone who does not follow the game knows this. The Spurs were hammered by their Mid-west nemesis the Oklahoma City (OKC) Thunder. The Spurs were stomping the Thunder just like they have trashed every team they have played up until now. That is right, the Spurs were undefeated in this 2012 playoff tournament but ran into a juggernaut in this Thursday night game losing by 20 points, 102 to 82. Yes, points matter in basketball and the Spurs did not score than many of them.

The Thunder Started off Hot

There are many reasons the Spurs were defeated. It does not help that their All-Star center and/or power forward Tim Duncan only shot 5 of 15 from the floor and only grabbed 2 rebounds. That is nothing special. Yes, he did block 5 shots but that was not enough against a team that is younger and does not seem to get tired. It does not help that the Thunder broke out with an 8-0 lead in the first 3 minutes and did not slow down for anyone. That train never blinked.

Game 4 is Pivotal

The Thunder have not been beaten at home in this playoff contest against any team. The Spurs should be concerned a little but so should the Thunder because if they do succumb to the Spurs in game 4, going down 3-1, there is little chance that they reach the NBA finals and play the Miami Heat. Yes, the Heat will take that series without their All-Star center Chris Bosch. Sorry Boston, not this time. Of course most real basketball fans are glad Kobe Bryant is somewhere else as well as his David Stern loving LA Lakers.

Perkins was a Concrete Wall

It was not only the Thunder’s offense that stole the show, it was their defense, which was actually Spur’s like. Kendrick Perkins guarded Tim Duncan and pretty much locked him down. What? Did you think Tim Duncan had a poor showing when he had open lanes to the basket all night long? Not quite; the Thunder’s center worked hard and finally helped slow down this future Hall of Famer.

Parker was Defeated

The Thunder’s defense was airtight and compelled the Spurs to kick out 3 turnovers in the beginning of the game which enable the Thunder to score some baskets and take the early lead. This is the confidence booster they needed. This quickly became the Spur’s worst nightmare come true. Thabo Sefolosha was all over Tony Parker and he forced this outstanding point guard into making sloppy passes. In other words, this Swiss basketball player got the better of the Frenchman. Who said this was not an international game?

Finished with the Lead

The Spurs did charge back with a 13-4 run to reclaim the lead at 13-12 with 5:16 left in the opening quarter. Incredibly, the Spurs led by 2 points, 24-22, at the end of the first quarter after having committing 7 turnovers. But this was probably the last thing the Spurs could smile about for the rest of this dreary night.

No Rest for the Weary

Manu Ginobili’s spark did not lift his beloved Spurs this time around. Gary Neal was not stellar either. The Spurs were beaten on every level. Not one of the players could be proud of their game at the end of this contest. The only good thing the Spurs can say is that it is unlikely they will commit 21 turnovers again in a game. The Thunder did their job and put a win on their side of the column. It does help that their crowd is raucous and this energy ignited the Thunder and propelled them to victory. This was the worst thumping the Spurs experienced this season. Will this affect their psyche? Unlikely, they know how to win, they are mature, and they are multiple championship winners. The Thunder better not sleep in and party over this victory.

The Thunder had a Winning Game Plan

Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer, finished with 22 points which is nothing special for him. The Spurs were not defeated by just one superlative player; they were worn down and deflated by a team that looked to be on a mission. The Thunder practiced blitzkrieg and the Spurs did not know how handle this type of defensive and offensive pressure. In fact, if one player grabbed the hearts of the OKC Thunder fans, it was the European, Sefolosha who played well on both ends of the floor.