The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to be a formidable opponent this season, this time beating the San Antonio Spurs 107-93 for their 11th straight win.
Serge Ibaka had a huge night, leading the team in scoring and tying his career-best effort of 25 points, while also grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds. For the Spurs, Tony Parker and Nando de Colo led the team with 14 points apiece.
The Spurs kept it close in the first half, but the Thunder blew it open in the third quarter when they scored 11 straight unanswered points. Nick Collison capped the run with a put-back that extended the Thunder’s lead to 71-56 with over four minutes still to play in the quarter. Later, Ibaka grabbed an offensive board, and flexed his muscles while running to half court after making the bucket.
For most of the fourth quarter the Spurs’ stars rode the bench, and head coach Gregg Popovich kept them there even when San Antonio cut the 18-point lead down to nine points with more than five minutes still left in the game.
With 11 straight wins, OKC has tied the franchise record for consecutive wins, first set by the Seattle Supersonics in 1996.
OKC advances to 20-4 on the season and sits atop the NBA with the best record across the league. They will face the Atlanta Hawks next, on Dec. 19 at Phillips Arena.