Although many teams in the Association are dreading the point in the schedule when they have to play three straight games in three straight nights; the Oklahoma City Thunder seemingly had no problems with the task as they completed the “hat-trick” on Sunday by blasting the San Antonio Spurs 108-96. The Thunder shot 50.7% (38-75) from the floor and had six players in double figures led by Kevin Durant who recorded a double-double with 21 points and James Harden who came off the bench and added 20 more. Oklahoma City dominated in the second and third quarters; then coasted through the final 12 minutes of play and still won the contest by double figures.
Gary Neal was the high scorer for San Antonio with 18 points while Kawhi Leonard came off the bench and racked up a double-double including 13 points. However, even though the Spurs outscored their hosts by 10 points in the fourth; they never were close to being a threat to take over the contest.
It appeared in the opening period that the game was going to be tight as San Antonio guard T.J. Ford hit a pair at the line with seven seconds to play and the Thunder held a paper-thin advantage of 24-22 at the conclusion of the quarter. Both teams would shoot well in the second, but Oklahoma City would enter the locker room as the game reached the half on top 54-48.
The Thunder blew the game open in the third as reserve guard Reggie Jackson drained a 25 foot trey with seven seconds remaining and as the two teams entered the fourth they had the upper hand with the score 91-69. The home team would still lead by 23 points with just 2:27 left on the clock before the Spurs were able to make the final score look more respectable in garbage time.
Durant dropped 21 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal while Harden scored 20 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Russell Westbrook added 13 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and a block while Nick Collison came off the bench with a double-double knocking down 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. Jackson chipped in 11 points, 4 assists and 1 rebound while Serge Ibaka had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and an assist for the night.
Neal scored 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal while Leonard put up 13 points, grabbed 10 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. Richard Jefferson had 13 points, 1 rebound and a steal while Tim Duncan added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Tiago Splitter came off the pine with 10 points, 4 rebounds, an assist and a block. Oklahoma City now leads the Western Conference with a record of 8-2 and travel to Memphis where they will face the Grizzlies on Tuesday while San Antonio now are at 6-3 and will be in Milwaukee on Tuesday to take on the Bucks.