The Oklahoma City Thunder won their 11th straight game last night beating the San Antonio Spurs 107-93 at Chesapeake Arena.
The Thunder simply outworked the Spurs in the game as they didn’t shoot a better percentage from the field but they had more offensive rebounds, less turnovers and more free throw attempts.
OKC did hold the Spurs to just 6-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc which really helped them pull away at the end.
Coming into the game, the Spurs were just a game behind the Thunder for the top spot in the Western Conference and OKC now extends that lead to two games.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 39 minutes, 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists – B
Durant only scored 19 points but he also only took 13 shots. Had the Thunder lost, this would have been a problem but he focused more on getting his teammates involved in this one. Had Thabo Sefolosha knocked down a few of the open threes Durant found him with then KD would have approached 10 dimes for the game.
Russell Westbrook – 37 minutes, 22 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds – B+
Westbrook struggled from the field as he always does vs. San Antonio going just 6-for-18 but he made up for it with 9-of-11 shooting from the free throw line and nine assists. He also had three steals as his defense continues to look improved this season. Tony Parker had just 14 points and seven assists in the game as Westbrook definitely got the better of the point guard battle.
Serge Ibaka – 39 minutes, 25 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks – A+
Ibaka tied his career-high with 25 points as his jumper was hitting from the start of the game. He made 10-of-16 shots for the game and had 12 of his points in the first quarter, all coming as the pick-and-roll roll man. The 17 boards were three off his career-high and just goes to show the kind of numbers he’s capable of when playing big minutes.
Kevin Martin – 32 minutes, 20 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound – A
Martin gave OKC just what they needed from him off the bench. He made 7-of-10 field goals and 3-of-5 threes. It was a much better showing from Martin than what he gave vs. the Spurs in OKC’s first game of the year.
Kendrick Perkins – 22 minutes, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Perkins was aggressively looking for his shot in this one and it wasn’t a terrible thing. He ended up 3-of-9 from the field but it felt like he played much better than that. His defense on Tim Duncan was pretty solid too as Perkins made sure OKC played with more intensity for the game.
Thabo Sefolosha – 24 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals – C
Sefolosha really didn’t play all that bad but he was 1-of-8 from the field and 0-for-5 from three. The threes were all good looks and shots he has been hitting this season but last night they just simply weren’t falling. His shot looked a little flat. Fortunately, the Thunder were able to survive despite Sefolosha’s off shooting night.
Nick Collison – 25 minutes, 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals – A
Collison was very solid as always and had six offensive rebounds which was huge for the Thunder. He was the guy out there hustling more than the Spurs and it made a huge difference. The eight points is always a bonus for Collison too.
Eric Maynor – 11 minutes, 0 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound – C
Maynor didn’t get much of a chance last night as Westbrook played a lot of minutes. The three assists is good but he turned the ball over twice and didn’t score. He was on a nice little run of games where he was playing well but last night didn’t really get anything going.
Hasheem Thabeet – 7 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound – C+
Not much to see here from Thabeet. He did commit two fouls in just seven minutes which is pretty much expected at this point.
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