You wouldn't think it by the final margin of 100-88, but the Thunder's victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena was anybody's ballgame, despite the following:
*OKC's largest lead was 20 points while San Antonio's largest lead was one.
*There was one tie and just four lead changes — none after the first eight minutes.
*The Thunder nearly led wire-to-wire and trailed for a total of just 73 seconds.
What led to all the uncertainty was a series of alternating spurts from both teams.
The Thunder (55-20) would pull ahead, and the Spurs (56-20) would counter by pulling themselves back in.
“San Antonio's a really good team, so we're happy with the win,” OKC reserve forward Nick Collison said afteward. “We would have loved to have kept an 18-point lead the whole game, but that's probably not going to happen against them. They're going to execute.”
Spurts for OKC:
First quarter – 6-0 to start the game; 14-2 to close out the quarter to take a 29-18 lead.
Second quarter – 26-5 run that carried over from first quarter to take largest lead at 41-21.
Third quarter – 9-0 run to take 64-46 lead.