The Oklahoma City Thunder won a crucial game last night beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-88 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder got out to a big lead in the first half leading by as much as 20 points but would lead by just eight at halftime.
The Spurs came back to cut it to six points after three quarters before the Thunder closed them out in the fourth.
Tony Parker didn’t look entirely healthy for the Spurs and played just 25 minutes scoring two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard who each scored 24 points.
The Thunder are now a half game back of the Spurs for the best record in the West.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 45 minutes, 25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists – A
You could tell the Thunder felt like this was a must-win since they played Durant 45 minutes. KD had a nice all-around game getting a bunch of assists but he also turned the ball over six times. He made half of his shots and hit some big ones. He seems very comfortable making big plays vs. the Spurs which is a great sign for the Thunder if they see them in the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook – 35 minutes, 27 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds – A+
You can’t have expected Westbrook to play any better than this vs. the Spurs. He had exactly the kind of game he needed too. He made 9-of-21 shots and turned the ball over only three times. He obviously outplayed Parker by a wide margin. He was under control attacking the rim and the Spurs just didn’t look ready to defend him.
Serge Ibaka – 34 minutes, 11 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks – B+
Ibaka always plays pretty well against San Antonio and did so again last night. He didn’t score a ton but was efficient and knocked down a corner three as well. He was a force defensively contesting every shot inside. His timing seemed really on point all game.
Kevin Martin – 21 minutes, 2 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds – F
Just another horrendous outing from Martin who is losing minutes and for good reason. He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and nothing looked like a good shot from him. The Thunder need him to get his act together before the playoffs start or else they will be in trouble.
Kendrick Perkins – 24 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 blocks – C-
Perkins got in foul trouble very early in the first quarter. He was mostly concerned with playing Duncan man-to-man and didn’t exactly shut him down. Along with Ibaka though he contested shots at the rim effectively.
Thabo Sefolosha – 27 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist – B+
Sefolosha stepped up in Martin’s absence and the Thunder needed it. An aggressive Thabo is always the best one and when he finds ways to score, it’s hard to beat the Thunder.
Nick Collison – 24 minutes, 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Collison rebounded well but hardly scored only because he didn’t need to. Other bench players stepped up and Collison did all of the little things, which he is very good at.
Reggie Jackson – 14 minutes, 3 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds – C+
Jackson seems to be settling for a lot of outside jumpers lately. He is far better when attacking the rim. His mindset probably hasn’t changed and he’s just being aggressive and taking what the defense gives him.
Derek Fisher – 15 minutes, 17 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal – A+
Fisher played a near perfect game. Knocking down 5-of-7 threes really helped and got the Thunder out to a comfortable lead. You just can’t complain about Fisher when he plays like that and shoots like that.
Scott Brooks – A
The best part about Brooks last night was that he didn’t play Fisher 30 minutes even though he was going off. He stuck to finishing the game bigger with Thabo out there and that is a great sign for the Thunder. Brooks knew last night was a must-win and he played everyone the right amount of minutes to make sure the Thunder won.