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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

/articleid/3738608/1/pictures/1910202">Photo - San Antonio's Tony Parker (9) reacts after missing a free throw in front of Tim Duncan (21) and Boris Diaw (33) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Oklahoma City won, 107-93. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
San Antonio's Tony Parker (9) reacts after missing a free throw in front of Tim Duncan (21) and Boris Diaw (33) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Oklahoma City won, 107-93. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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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