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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Depleted Spurs rest starters in fourth

San Antonio was nowhere near full-strength during Monday's 107-93 loss to the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena
By John Rohde Published: December 17, 2012

20-PLUS

Serge Ibaka had 25 points for the Thunder, while teammates Russell Westbrook had 22, Kevin Martin had 20 and Durant had 19.

The Thunder is now 4-0 this season when three players score 20-plus.

TIP-INS

OKC outscored the Spurs 15-6 in second-chance points. In the first half, neither team had a point. … San Antonio outscored the Thunder 16-15 in fast-break points and the teams tied 44-44 for points in the paint. … The league's leading free-throw shooting team, OKC shot 27 for 30 (. 900) from the line compared to 15 for 21 (. 714) for the Spurs. … Ibaka and Durant each blocked three shots. … While Ibaka had 17 rebounds, Nick Collison came off the bench and grabbed 10 (six offensive). … Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs was in attendance.

QUOTABLE

Popovich on the Thunder: “The Thunder is a talented team. They're long, they're athletic and if you play them in the half court and play slow then you're in trouble. … You've got to keep scoring and you need pace to do that because in the half court they're just too long and too athletic.”

BY JOHN ROHDE


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