The Tony Parker-less San Antonio Spurs snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder’s five-game winning streak last night beating them 105-93 in San Antonio.
The Thunder were playing a back-to-back and after a great start in the first quarter in which they led 32-22, the Spurs would come roaring back.
The Spurs’ bench drastically outplayed the Thunder’s, especially in the second quarter where they outscored them 35-18.
San Antonio had the momentum from that point on and never looked back.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 40 minutes, 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists – B+
Durant has not had his best games this season vs. the Spurs. They are prepared to defend him as well as any team in the league and when you combine that with Durant’s altered offensive approach this season of being more of a playmaker, it results in games like this. Durant scored 26 but went just 7-for-13 from the field. He did go 11-for-11 from the free throw line but when Russell Westbrook is shooting as much as he is, you can easily see that Durant needed to shoot a little more in a game like this.
Russell Westbrook – 38 minutes, 25 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds – B
It’s a good stat line for Russ but going 11-for-27 from the field vs. the Spurs isn’t going to get the job done. A big key to the Thunder’s success lately has been Westbrook being an efficient shooter. He wasn’t last night and also only went 2-of-3 from the free throw line. Against a team like the Spurs, Westbrook isn’t going to get the same calls when he drives so hard and appears out of control to the basket.
Serge Ibaka – 36 minutes, 13 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks – B+
Ibaka likes playing against the Spurs and that is very good news for the Thunder. He had 16 boards last night which is as dominant as you’ll ever see Ibaka in that department. He scored just 13 but went 4-of-6 on two-pointers (0-2 on threes). You love seeing Ibaka be aggressive enough to get to the line six times as well.
Kevin Martin – 20 minutes, 9 points, 1 steal – D
This just isn’t going to cut it for Martin against a team like San Antonio. We’re starting to see Martin lose minutes now because he can’t get it going against quality competition. This is very worrisome for the playoffs. Martin has been better recently running the offense and picking up a few assists here and there but he had none last night.
Kendrick Perkins – 35 minutes, 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists – C-
When the opposing team’s starting center goes 9-for-11 from the field then it is safe to say that Perkins did not do his job. Not all of Tiago Splitter’s minutes were with Perkins on the floor at least.
Thabo Sefolosha – 31 minutes, 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist – B-
Sefolosha was just a little bit less efficient than he normally is. Of course, that happens when the Thunder are playing the Spurs which is very bad timing for OKC. Overall, Sefolosha wasn’t terrible and it’s really Martin’s fault that we’re even relying on Thabo for offense this season.
Nick Collison – 17 minutes, 4 points, 2 rebounds – C
It wasn’t pretty for the Thunder bench last night and that includes Collison. OKC was outscored by 24 in Collison’s minutes which almost never happens. Collison also struggled himself turning the ball over three times.
Reggie Jackson – 11 minutes, 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds – C+
Jackson had been playing great and the Thunder really could have used another great performance from him last night but that wasn’t quite the case. He went just 1-for-4 from the field but the other aspects of his game were still there (rebounding and a few assists).
Derek Fisher – 12 minutes, 1 point, 1 rebound – D
Fisher’s 12 minutes last night were officially a waste. Why not Ronnie Brewer? This needs to change fast.