The OKC Thunder used a dominant performance to secure their first In-Season Tournament win.
The OKC Thunder beat the Spurs 123-87 in the first matchup between rookies Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama. The Thunder dominated the game in many facets, including forcing 24 turnovers.
The OKC Thunder dominated the Spurs in an In-Season Tournament clash as Josh Giddey bounced back.
While the final score indicates wire-to-wire dominance, the first half was a back-and-forth affair. Oklahoma City used an electric 13-0 run to take a 10-point halftime lead.
That run would balloon to 19-0 to begin the second half, and the Thunder never looked back. The Thunder’s lead grew to 40 in the second half.
Part of the OKC Thunder’s success was holding Wembanyama under 10 points for the first time in his career. The OKC Thunder had the Spurs rookie phenom to eight points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Oklahoma City also got out on the fast break, outscoring San Antonio 31-2 in that area. Many of those transition opportunities came from Oklahoma City’s 19 steals.
While those steals would have helped the Thunder in any case, they rebounded well. The Thunder lost the rebounding battle by three but used a team effort to minimize the Spurs’ advantage.
The OKC Thunder head west for a couple of matchups with the Golden State Warriors, plus their first matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers this season.