Well, that’s certainly a headline I never thought I’d be writing. It’s not impossible for Oklahoma City to beat the Spurs, but to blow them out is very, very unlikely.
However, there’s one slight caveat. Coach Popovich elected to rest Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, and Aldridge, and Kawhi Leonard was out with a bruised quad. As a result of their five best players being out, the Thunder took advantage and beat San Antonio 111-92.
Over his last nine games, Durant has averaged 26.7 points on 53% shooting and continued it against the Spurs. He finished with a game-high 31 on 13/20 shooting, including 5/7 from three. KD added ten rebounds and three assists.
Westbrook had a sub-par game compared to what he’s been doing and only registered 29 points, six rebounds, and eight assists. In the six games before the contest against the Spurs, Westbrook put up four triple-doubles and averaged 18.5 points, ten rebounds, and 11.5 assists.
Oklahoma City got 20 points from Enes Kanter, and 15 from Serge Ibaka. The duo combined for 18 rebounds, and Ibaka recorded four blocks.
San Antonio did the most they could with the roster but didn’t have the offensive firepower to compete with Oklahoma City. They were led by David West, who had 17 points and six rebounds, and Jonathon Simmons, who had 17 as well, and finished one point shy of his career-high.
Pop said that Boban Marjonovic “might get 40,” and, unfortunately, he didn’t. The larger-than-life Serbian finished with 13 points on 5/12 shooting.
Both teams are back in action on Monday night. San Antonio travels to face the Grizzlies in Memphis while Oklahoma City goes up north to match up against the Raptors.
Around The League
Paul Millsap had a great all-around performance as the Hawks knocked off the Pistons, 112-95. Millsap finished with 23p/9r/5a/4s/4b, and Atlanta saw seven other players score 10+. Detroit was led by Tobias Harris, who scored 21.
LeBron James and the Cavs traveled to MSG and put on a show for the Knicks, winning 107-93. The King recorded his third triple-double of the year with 27 points, 11 boards and ten assists, and Kevin Love registered 28p/12r.
Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics barely held on against the Suns, 102-99. Thomas had a game-high 28 points and six rebounds. Evan Turner finished with 17p/11r and had a game-saving block on Devin Booker in the final seconds.
IND 110 – BKN 120
CHI 89 – ORL 111
TOR 115 – NOLA 91
ATL 112 – DET 95
CLE 107 – NYK 93
UTAH 93 – MINN 84
SAS 92 – OKC 111
CHA 115 – MIL 91
BOS 102 – PHX 99
PHI 105 – POR 108