Dec 17, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (47-16) vs. San Antonio Spurs (48-15) Preview

The No. 1 spot in the Western Conference standings will be on tonight as the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road to take on the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder are exactly one game behind the Spurs in the standings and the two teams have split their season series so far as well.

The Spurs beat the Thunder in their first game of the season back on Nov. 1. Tony Parker hit a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer to give the Spurs the 86-84 victory.

Kevin Durant had just 23 points in that game and Russell Westbrook scored 18 on 6-of-21 shooting.

The Thunder got their revenge on Dec. 17 with a 107-93 win in OKC. Durant was held to just 19 and Westbrook ended up with 22 on 6-for-18 shooting.

Serge Ibaka played one of the best games of his career scoring 25 points to go with 17 rebounds. Kevin Martin scored 20 off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting.

The Spurs are a different team than they have been for most of the season now because they are without Parker, who will miss the next three weeks or so with an injury.

The Thunder are hot right now having won their last five games but tonight will be a back-to-back for them. OKC beat Boston yesterday afternoon convincingly 91-79.

Even without Parker, the Spurs are a tough out. They will run the same offense despite his absence and are still very capable of getting many open shots throughout the night.

The Thunder will need to avoid a lackluster defensive effort to ensure a victory tonight. They’ll also like Westbrook to be better than a 30 percent shooter and for Durant to get closer to 30 as well.

The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. EST and be televised nationally on NBATV.

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