On the evening of Feb. 4, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich walked into the dressing room at the AT&T Center and all but installed a green light in front of his point guard's locker stall.

Forget passing the ball. Popovich wanted Tony Parker to get up at least 30 shots that night against Oklahoma City.

Parker "only" attempted 29 field goals in a 107-96 victory over the Thunder, good for a season-high 42 points. In the end, the performance transformed what should have been remembered as the night he passed Avery Johnson as the Spurs' all-time assist leader into the night he completely obliterated the Thunder's Russell Westbrook.

"Definitely, I think it sent a message," said Boris Diaw, the Spurs' starting center and Parker's best friend.