Thunder forward Jeff Green returned to the starting lineup after a three-game absence due to a sprained left ankle.
He finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 25.5 minutes during the Thunder's 117-104 loss to San Antonio inside Oklahoma City Arena.
â€œJeff gave us some good minutes when he was in there,â€ Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
Backup power forward Nick Collison entered the game to a standing ovation with 4:09 left in the first quarter. It was his first action of the season due to a lower left leg stress reaction.
â€œI wasn't expecting that,â€ Collison said of the ovation. â€œOur fans are great. Felt good to be out there. I've got a ways to go, till I feel real comfortable. That's just the way it is. I'm not going to get training camp. I'm not going to get practice.â€
Collison played 11:04 and finished with three rebounds, two points, one steal and also took one charge, which was the Thunder's team total in the first eight games without him.
â€œI thought Nick was good,â€ Brooks said. â€œThat's no easy thing to do after missing eight weeks of basketball.â€
Both players will be re-evaluated before tonight's game at Utah, and their playing status will be a game-time decision.
BOMBS FROM BONNER
San Antonio backup forward Matt Bonner went 0 for 3 from two-point range but was 7 for 7 from 3-point range â€“ none of which hit any part of the rim â€“ to finish with 21 points.
â€œWe over-helped,â€ Brooks said of defending Bonner. â€œThat wasn't the game plan we talked about. The bottom line is we over-helped and gave him openings.â€
As a team, the Spurs went 11 for 20 beyond the arc.
In addition to being outscored 33-12 from 3-point range, the Thunder was outscored at the free-throw line for the first time this season (34-24).
NO DUNCAN DOMINATION
Despite all the defensive concerns, the Thunder did not get burned by 12-time All-Star forward Tim Duncan, who didn't score his first field goal until the 8:25 mark of the third quarter.
He finished with six points and four rebounds in 23:06.
Russell Westbrook was hit with a technical foul arguing a non-call involving Serge Ibaka. It is the Thunder's first individual technical of the season. Kevin Durant previously had a technical rescinded. â€¦ When informed before the game that Green and Collison would be returning, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said: â€œThat's how you like it, right? You always would rather go up against the whole team, see where you're at, what you're doing well and what you're doing poorly. So it's great that they're all back.â€