Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder keep on rolling, this time beating the San Antonio Spurs in a close contest, 111-105 on Wednesday night.
The Durantula put on another jaw-dropping performance, this time scoring 36 points on 22 shots. Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka also had big nights, with 27 and 14 points, respectively.
With the win, OKC regains its place at the top of the Western Conference.
For San Antonio, Tony Parker scored a season-high 37 points, and all of their starters scored in double-digits: Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw had 14 points apiece, Marco Belinelli added 13 and Manu Ginobli put up 10 more. Duncan even grabbed 13 boards, but none of that was enough to contend with KD and the Thunder.
That’s partly because the Spurs lost their top defender, Kawhi Leonard to injury. Durant turned it up with Kawhi off the court, scoring 24 points in his absence.
Things got chippy late in the third quarter when a fight nearly broke out between Derek Fisher and Patty Mills. The two got tangled up fighting for a loose ball, and almost came to blows. Aside from that, it was a close, physical game that had four lead changes and six ties in the third quarter.
As he has done repeatedly in Russell Westbrook’s absence, Durant came alive in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder never trailed in the final quarter of competition.
With the win, OKC advances to 33-10 on the season. The Thunder next face the Boston Celtics on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET.