The Oklahoma City Thunder continue their tear through the Western Conference, handily beating the San Antonio Spurs 113-100 on Saturday night. With the win, OKC has won 17 of its past 18 games, and its last nine straight.
Before the game, Russell Westbrook said the Thunder were the best team in the NBA. On Saturday night, they certainly played like it.
Westbrook led the winning effort with 31 points and eight assists, and Serge Ibaka helped out with a double-double effort, 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Durant also chipped in with 17 points, five boards, three steals and two blocks.
Reggie Jackson came off the bench and balled for the Thunder, putting up 21 points in 30 minutes.
For the Spurs, Tony Parker led with 23 points, and Tim Duncan had double-double figures, with 17 points and 10 boards.
The Thunder dominated the Spurs from end to end, especially in the first half. They outscored San Antonio 40-29 in the second quarter alone, and never gave up the lead after Jackon’s reverse layup that put the Thunder up 21-19 in the final minute of the fist quarter.
The Spurs–who had won the past six of their seven games, including a thriller over Golden State on Thursday night–looked listless and were unable to stop the Thunder, especially Westbrook and Jackson. Oklahoma City played a complete game, and emerged with a commanding victory.
In losing, San Antonio suffered just its second home loss on the season.
With the win, OKC advances to 22-4, while the Spurs fall to 21-6. The Thunder next play the Toronto Raptors at home on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. E.T.