Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder bench provides a pick-me-up in win over Spurs

The Thunder found a way to get it done, passing its toughest test to date with flying colors and securing an remarkable 94-88 victory in a highly-anticipated showdown of two of the Western Conference's top teams.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 27, 2013

What if someone told you before tip-off Wednesday night that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant would combine for 30 points on 39 shots against the streaking San Antonio Spurs?

What if you knew that Westbrook would account for only six of those points and miss 14 of his 16 shot attempts?

“Would you have told me we would have won?” asked Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Probably not.

Yet the Thunder found a way to get it done, passing its toughest test to date with flying colors and securing a remarkable 94-88 victory in a highly-anticipated showdown of two of the Western Conference's top teams.

With the win, the Thunder remained unbeaten at home, where it is now 7-0, while also snapping San Antonio's league-best 11-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City overcame a horrid offensive night from Westbrook and an uncharacteristically inefficient outing from Durant, who scored 24 points on 23 shots.

The Thunder did it behind a terrific bench effort, one that outscored a potent Spurs second unit, 39-37.

Reggie Jackson led the charge, tying his career high with 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting. He scored 14 of his points in the second half.

Second-year shooting guard Jeremy Lamb added 12 points, making five of seven shots in 20 minutes.

Serge Ibaka chipped in 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, good for his team-leading sixth double-double.

Another phenomenal defensive effort by the Thunder was as critical as anything.

OKC held San Antonio to 39.1 percent shooting and limited a dangerous perimeter-shooting team to a 7-for-27 night from beyond the arc.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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