Spurs rally from 28 down to beat Kings in Leonard's absence

  • Spurs rally from 28 down to beat Kings in Leonard's absence

Spurs rally from 28 down to beat Kings in Leonard's absence

Backed into a corner, the gritty Oklahoma City Thunder emerged 102-92 to halt the San Antonio Spurs' nine-game unbeaten run. Russell Westbrook signed another triple-double in a ideal night for Billy Donovan's team. Westbrook put up 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in 35 minutes to lead OKC to victory and stop San Antonio's nine-game winning streak. Not to mention, the Thunder are 24-9 at home this season, one of best home records in the National Basketball Association. The last person to do that was Oscar Robertson during the 1961-1962 season. Westbrook averaged 45 points per game during that stretch, but did not record a triple double. He finished with a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double. Patty [Mills] joined them, and I thought everybody else chipped in and did what they had to do with the 33 assists and getting up into them physically, defensively, after the first quarter. The Spurs struggled to find any offense with five players scoring 2 points and Bertans leading with 3.

For the first time this season, the Thunder had a starting lineup change that had nothing to do with an injury.

"It was a team effort", Popovich said.

Manu Ginobili had 19 points, David Lee added 18 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs rallied while Leonard rested to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-104 on Wednesday night. Previous historical MVP criteria can be ignored because Westbrook is defying previously assumed statistical logic anyway.

The rest would go with 49-56 for the local team, which would maintain the tone in the second half. 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. Doug McDermott added 11 points.

Before that, Westbrook was walking to the scorer's table midway through the quarter with the Thunder ahead 12.

In the final quarter, Oklahoma continued to manage the tempo of the game, the advantage seemed to not stop increasing, reaching a maximum of 20 points a few minutes from the end, but a last hurray from San Antonio made the score not so devastating. A week earlier, Westbrook had impressively slammed the door on the Utah Jazz to pull the Thunder to within a 1.5 games of the No. 4 seed.