NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at San Antonio|
(Wednesday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 111, San Antonio 105
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Reggie Jackson stole some of Kevin
Durant's thunder on Wednesday night.
The NBA's scoring leader, however, found his shot just in time to top the 30-
point mark for a ninth straight time.
Durant netted 36 points, Jackson scored 13 of his 27 in the fourth quarter and
the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 111-105, in a battle
between the Western Conference's top two teams.
Jackson put in 11 consecutive Thunder points at one point in the fourth, with
his driving layup staking Oklahoma City to a 94-89 lead with 7:15 left.
Durant had missed four of his first five shots in the final frame before
converting an alley-oop layup for his 29th point to extend the Thunder margin
to 100-94 with 3:11 to play.
A bit later, Durant knocked down a pair of triples in a 51-second span to
finally eclipse the 30-point plateau and make it 108-98 in favor of Oklahoma
City with 1:08 remaining. San Antonio never got within less than five down the
Durant was 12-of-22 from the field, 10-of-11 from the foul line, grabbed seven
rebounds, dished out five assists, but did turn the ball over 11 times for the
Thunder, who have won five straight games and moved one-half game ahead of San
Antonio for the top spot in the West.
OKC has won all three meetings between the teams this season.
"We've experienced a lot together in the last five or six years. This was just
another opportunity for us to experience playing against a good team in a
back-to-back situation on their floor," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
Durant, who is averaging 38.9 points during his career-best nine-game streak
of scoring at least 30, has three tilts of 40-or-more points. He put in a
career-high 54 in a win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
Tony Parker had 37 points for San Antonio, which is 1-9 against the NBA's top
six teams. The Spurs are 31-1 against the rest of the NBA. Tim Duncan added 14
points and 13 boards in defeat.
"I thought they stayed in the game all night long. I thought we started out
poorly. We didn't start out very physical or much tenacity and not much edge,"
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.
The Thunder made 11 of their first 15 shots and Kendrick Perkins' short jumper
gave them a 23-13 advantage. Durant had 10 points in the opening frame as OKC
took a 30-24 spread into the second.
A Boris Diaw straightaway 3-pointer gave the Spurs their first lead, 46-45,
with 4:35 to go in the second, but the Thunder headed into the break with a
Durant scored 10 more points in the third as OKC took a 76-75 margin into the
Durant had not recorded a 30-point game in his last eight tries agaisnt the
Spurs coming in ... The Thunder shot 54.2 percent (45-of-83) from the floor
and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from beyond the arc ... San Antonio registered 25
points off 15 OKC turnovers ... Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard suffered a
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