After the first few minutes of the game, things looked bad. Real bad.
Everything was going wrong for the Thunder. Turnovers, missing open jumpers, and defensive lapses. The Spurs went on an 11-0 run early, and led 16-6.
Steven Adams’ offensive rebound led to a Westbrook and-1, Reggie Jackson came in and hit a three, but the Thunder still looked a bit off. KD finished the first quarter with only six points on 2-8 from the floor, and Oklahoma City trailed 24-22 after one quarter.
The second quarter was no different. Oklahoma City lost the quarter 28-27, and at half, the Thunder trailed 51-48. However, Russell Westbrook hit a big three to go 2-for-1, and then the Thunder got a stop and a score to end the half on a small 5-0 run. Still though, it looked like the Spurs were about to cruise their way to yet another win.
But then, all momentum changed and the Thunder finally started to find a rhythm and started to play usual Thunder basketball.
Oklahoma City took their first lead of the game with 8:20 left in the third, 57-56, after an Andre Roberson corner three.
A 13-2 run for OKC gave the Thunder a seven point lead, primarily in thanks to the play from Westbrook and the suffocating defense OKC played. After three, the Thunder led 81-70, winning the third quarter 32-20. The lead extended to as much as double-digits, but one aspect of the game felt incomplete: Kevin Durant’s 25 or more points streak.
And it took a good eight minutes for Durant to score just ONE point. Finally, Durant got fouled going to the basket and hit a free throw to extend his streak to 39 straight games with 25 or more points. He now needs just one game to tie Michael Jordan’s record.
The Thunder halted the Spurs’ streak, and now have won the season series 4-0 against San Antonio. Westbrook and Durant combined for 55 points, and Jackson added 14 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City will travel to play the Rockets in Houston tomorrow night at 8:30 PM CT.
-Perk and Duncan got tied up early in the third quarter and were called for a double technical.
-Russ to TNT on coming from his injury: “Some guys are a little timid. I just got a good feeling.”
-Nick Collison got four staples in his head. No big deal.
-KD to TNT on it taking a while to finally reach 25 points: “They were closing up the paint, and I missed some shots. But if they’re not failing I’m going to keep shooting.”