By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
After a hot start, Oklahoma City got trounced by the Spurs on Monday, falling 105-93 in San Antonio. Here’s some rapid reaction:
After a sluggish start, the Spurs turned it on in the second quarter. And the Thunder had no answer. San Antonio’s bench entered the game energized, moved the ball crisply, defended well and changed the game. OKC responded with some of its sloppiest play of the season, struggling to hold onto the ball or get out on three-point shooters. The Spurs outscored OKC 35-18 in that second quarter. It felt worse. And it essentially decided the game.
It was over when…
…Scott Brooks trusted his bench with a nine-point deficit heading to the fourth, and it backfired. Boris Diaw started the quarter with a layup, Tiago Splitter followed with a layup, Manu Ginobli chipped in two free throws and Danny Green capped the 9-0 game-clinching run with a three. By the time Brooks could get his stars back in, OKC was down 18.
Star of the game – The Spurs
Smoked the Thunder without Tony Parker. Total team effort.
OKC’s bench has been hot and cold lately. Today, it was cold. Take a look at the plus/minus of the Thunder’s four prominent bench players: Nick Collison -24, Kevin Martin -22, Derek Fisher -21, Reggie Jackson -15. All you need to know about what happened when they were on the court.
Good and bad
Good – Serge Ibaka (13 points, 16 rebounds) recorded his third double-double since mid-January.
Bad – Serge Ibaka only has three double-doubles since mid-January.
Kevin Durant – 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists on 7/13 FG. Didn’t shoot much on a night it seemed he could get hot.
Russell Westbrook – 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists on 11/27 shooting. The turnovers (4) and shooting pollutes this solid stat line.
Stats of note
-The Blazers got 20 points and 6 assists from Eric Maynor against the Spurs on XX. OKC got XX and XX combined from Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher tonight.
-Including the playoffs, OKC is now 1-8 in its past nine games in San Antonio. But that one was a pretty big one (Game 5, WCF).
-The Thunder is 1-4 combined this season against the Heat and Spurs.
Thunder drop two games behind the Spurs.
The Jazz are in OKC on Wednesday. Tip at 7 p.m. on ESPN.