The San Antonio Spurs will be without a few key players for Thursday night's nationally televised game at Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City Thunder managed to win the Chesapeake Energy Arena in a game that dominated from start to finish and that San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard could not finish the game.
Oscar Robertson is the only player with more triple-doubles in a season than Russell Westbrook. He is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most triple-doubles in a season. The Thunder always have played to their potential when Westbrook manages more than takes over, but there have been plenty of games this season when he has rescued them with individual heroics.
San Antonio will play Golden State Saturday at the AT&T Center.
Leonard averaged 33.8 points in 39.3 minutes in those four games. Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 10 rebounds as the Thunder improved to 36-29.
After losing four straight games Oklahoma City Thunder finally won a game.
The Sacramento Kings are, yet again, on a lopsided season, now at 25-38 and among the worst teams in the Western Conference.
The Spurs shot 26 percent in scoring 15 points in the first quarter, one shy of its season low for the opening period.
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Overall, nine Thunder scored 3+ points, while OKC exhibited precise ball movement to amass 23 assists on 41 made baskets.
"There's not really much we can do to make an excuse about it".
Spurs' woes: The San Antonio Spurs need Kawhi Leonard on the floor at all times, gone are the days of platoon lineups that Head Coach Greg Popovich has been blessed with over the years.
In fact, Oklahoma City lost Tuesday at home despite MVP candidate Russell Westbrook scoring a career-high 58 points. Popovich protected Dejounte Murray in the Westbrook match-up as best he could, letting other people guard the superduperstar, but even then the 20-year-old rookie was unable to provide much help offensively.
Kelly Olynyk added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for Boston. 4 points was the Spurs' highest income in the entire game and was achieved in that first quarter. He was second in field goal percentage and defensive win shares.
The San Antonio Spurs, riding a nine-game winning streak, came into Thursday as one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA).