A win Monday night in San Antonio would have put the Thunder in first place in the Western Conference standings.
Instead, the 105-93 loss dropped the Thunder two games back.
“There's for sure disappointment that we weren't able to take advantage of this opportunity to come in and game another game in the standings,” said Derek Fisher, “strengthen our position and possibly have home-court (advantage) throughout the Western Conference and at some point maybe the entire way through the playoffs.”
The Thunder still has 18 games left to catch the Spurs, including the final head-to-head meeting in Oklahoma City on April 4.
“We don't go day to day and say, ‘Guys, we got to get the No. 1 seed,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We know that you have to play well to win a playoff series and you're going to have to win on the road to win a series a lot of times and we did it last year … So we just want to play better. Hopefully, we will continue to have good fortune with health and we just want to play good basketball come playoff time. We got a lot of basketball left before that happens.”
NO ALTERNATES AFTER ALL
Monday's game against San Antonio was scheduled to be the Thunder's 10th time wearing its alternate uniforms.
Oklahoma City instead wore its customary road uniforms.
The schedule of the uniforms had always been subject to change, and a team official said the Thunder likely will wear the uniforms at a different date.
OKC is 4-5 in its alternate uniforms.
IBAKA NOTCHES 11th DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with 16 rebounds in the Thunder's loss Monday, his 11th double-double serving as one of the team's few bright spots.
Ibaka added three blocked shots and made four of five shots in 36 minutes.
More impressively, Ibaka scored eight points with eight rebounds in the first quarter alone. He finished with four of the Thunder's 13 offensive rebounds.
OCU TO HONOR PRESTI
Oklahoma City University will name Thunder general manager Sam Presti this year's recipient of its Abe Lemons/Paul Hansen Award for Sports Excellence at the annual OCU Sports Spectacular dinner and auction.
The event will be held Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. inside the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Last year's honoree was Oklahoma City University rowing coach Mike Knopp. Other past winners include Ron Norick, Thunder chairman Clay Bennett, Lee Allan Smith, Dr. William Grana, Stanley Draper Jr., Bob Funk, Barry Switzer, Mick Cornett, Bill Self, Sherri Coale, Tom J. McDaniel, Bart Conner and Bobby Murcer.
Individual tickets are $100. Tables for eight are $750. Proceeds benefit OCU's 19 varsity intercollegiate sports programs, the Paul Hansen Memorial Scholarship and the Abe Lemons Endowed Athletic Scholarship.
For ticket or sponsorship information, or to donate auction items, call (405) 208-5660 or (405) 208-5309.