Recap: Thunder at Spurs Oklahoman Published: March 11, 2013 Updated: Mar 11, 2013 @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:11 p.m. I think they'd like to win. RT @tanialuvsutoo will spurs use this game to make a statement? Or will they let okc win to avoid the lakers? @okcthunder 7:12 p.m. #Thunder Live is on the air! #FoxSportsOKlahoma #ThundervsSpurs #WeAreThunder @RohdeOK 7:14 p.m. Yes @mzzp0kc, the #Thunder will wear all-blue alternates tonight against #Spurs, and also at Indiana (4/5) and Golden State (4/11). @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:21 p.m. Scott Brooks, asked if he was surprised at Spurs' 30-point loss vs PDX: "You're always shocked any time the Spurs lose." @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:23 p.m. Brooks said he barely bothered watching tape of Spurs' L to Portland, treating it as anomaly: "You can probably just throw that one out." @RohdeOK 7:29 p.m. I should say #Thunder is scheduled to be in all-blue alternates tonight. Perhaps 4-5 record made them change plans. @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:32 p.m. Spurs starters: Jospeh, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. OKC: Westbrook, Sefolosha, Durant, Ibaka, Perkins. @RohdeOK 7:32 p.m. Correct: 2-0 at home; 2-5 on road. RT @qrex Or that 2-5 road record in them? @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:37 p.m. Pop calls Kawhi Leonard his "stopper in training." Biggest test imaginable tonight in Kevin Durant. @DarnellMayberry 7:40 p.m. Thunder players look ultra relaxed as they take the court. @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:42 p.m. Biggest start for Cory Joseph since ???? @DarnellMayberry 7:48 p.m. Westbrook says he was shooting. @DarnellMayberry 7:49 p.m. Nice hard drive by Sefolosha, using Danny Green's aggressiveness against him. Earns a trip to the foul line. @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:49 p.m. Yet it's the loudest I've heard to start a game in a while. RT @JasonMinnix At the AT&T Center...thought it would have playoff atmoshere. @okcthunder 7:52 p.m. Hey @LoreleiDecker, fantastic job on the @Chesapeake #CheeringForChampions spot, just shown on @FSOklahoma ! @makeawishok @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:54 p.m. And one of the best free throw shooting teams in NBA history will be in the bonus for the next 4:28. @DarnellMayberry 7:56 p.m. Serge Ibaka doing a little of everything right now. But his rebounding is driving Spurs fans crazy. He's got eight points & seven boards. @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:56 p.m. A 13-2 run for Thunder has them up 10 early. @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:56 p.m. A 16-2 run for Thunder has them up 13 early. @JMcDonald_SAEN 7:57 p.m. Ibaka's taking it to Spurs again tonight. Has eight and eight in first 10 minutes. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:03 p.m. Felt like Spurs showed a pulse with that second unit ... and still trail 32-22 after 1Q. @DarnellMayberry 8:03 p.m. Russell Westbrook can't get a call. But his scoring and playmaking has helped the Thunder build a 32-22 lead after one quarter. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:05 p.m. OKC in 1Q: 4 of 5 from 3. Spurs: 0-2. Also OKC outrebounding Spurs 15-4. @DarnellMayberry 8:05 p.m. I understand this would be much more impressive if the Spurs weren't trailing by 10 points. Still. Nine Spurs players scored in the first! @Monroe_SA 8:06 p.m. I've covered teams that give up 111 pts. in 3 quarters, but they were coached by Paul Westhead, not Gregg Popovich @okcthunder 8:06 p.m. Balanced scoring and strong rebounding propel #Thunder to 32-22 lead over #Spurs after Q1. Serge has 8p/8r. OKC out-rebounding SA 15-4 @DarnellMayberry 8:06 p.m. Perk to his pal Stephen Jackson as he walked past the Thunder bench: "Stop flopping!" @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:07 p.m. Fan behind me begs Durant to "have some mercy." That didn't take long. @DarnellMayberry 8:08 p.m. Ginobili just hit Reggie Jackson with that old man game. Created separating without even dribbling. @DarnellMayberry 8:09 p.m. Jumbotron here in San Antonio just showed that Stephen Jackson is averaging 17, 4 and 3 for his career against the Thunder. Who knew? @DarnellMayberry 8:12 p.m. Nick Collison knows how to make up for it. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:17 p.m. Swear to goodness, was just about to compliment OKC on defensive discipline guarding the 3-point line. Then Spurs make three straight. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:18 p.m. That 9-0 run -- two Green 3s, and one by Leonard -- draws Spurs withing 42-40 with 6:44 left in the first half. @DarnellMayberry 8:18 p.m. Spurs can get back into a game against OKC quicker than any other team in the league. San Antonio on a 9-0 run. Thunder 42, Spurs 40. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:19 p.m. But seriously, up until the past 59 seconds, the Thunder had done a spectacular job of denying Spurs clean looks from 3. @Chesapeake 8:19 p.m. By now you've seen our Make-A-Wish @makeawishok ad running during @okcthunder games. Here's a look behind the scenes. youtube.com/watch?v=2xfxi7… @DarnellMayberry 8:20 p.m. I think Tiago Splitter is covering Derek Fisher. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:21 p.m. Tie game already. 42-42 on Leonard's elbow jumper. @DarnellMayberry 8:21 p.m. And Fisher covering Splitter @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:22 p.m. I don't know how, but Tiago Splitter keeps ending up on Derek Fisher. And Fisher still can't score out of it. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:22 p.m. I guess it's by design? @DarnellMayberry 8:23 p.m. Kevin Durant just took a charge on Tiago Splitter!! And nobody on the Thunder benched budged??? @DarnellMayberry 8:24 p.m. Dogfight!! @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:24 p.m. An 18-2 run for Spurs to get off the deck and take 49-44 lead. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:24 p.m. Kawhi Leonard basically going nuts right now. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:26 p.m. That's a 24-4 run, capped by Leonard's steal and lefty dunk, as Spurs take a 53-46 lead late 2Q. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:26 p.m. Well, let's not get carried away. RT @arisports I think I even saw a smirk. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:27 p.m. Meanwhile, if I'm OKC, I notice the greatest scorer on the planet is 4 for 4 and maybe try to get him a couple looks to settle things down. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:29 p.m. Won't show up in the box, but Kawhi Leonard caused that OKC shot-clock violation, too. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:30 p.m. Kendrick Perkins pulls bloody knife out of Duncan's back just long enough to ask "What foul?" @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:30 p.m. Spurs have gone from 13 down to 10 up in same half. Thanks to a now 25-4 run. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:32 p.m. Despite the comeback, and the lead,... still feels like Spurs needed to close out this quarter better. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:33 p.m. Spurs lead 57-50 at the break, after trailing by as many as 13 in the second quarter. @DarnellMayberry 8:33 p.m. At halftime, the Spurs lead the Thunder 57-50. San Antonio closed the first half on a 26-8 run. @DarnellMayberry 8:36 p.m. And y'all thought we held OKC to high standards! MT @JMcDonald_SAEN ...still feels like Spurs needed to close out this quarter better. @okcthunder 8:38 p.m. #Spurs rally in Q2 to take 57-50 lead at halftime. Kevin Durant leads #Thunder with 11 points. KMart 9. Thunder.nba.com @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:50 p.m. The man knows his constituency. RT @JulianCastro Spurs looking strong against the Thunder. @DarnellMayberry 8:51 p.m. Kendrick Perkins gets elbowed in the chin by Duncan and it's a foul on Perk. You'd have to see it to believe it. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:52 p.m. It's not quite "I want some nasty" but Pop barking at Splitter to "compete." @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:52 p.m. If Pop could have gone on the floor during live action, he would have slapped Green on the butt there. Really happy with loose-ball effort. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:55 p.m. As well as Spurs have been playing for past 11 minutes or so: Spurs 65, OKC 61. Thunder keeping pressure on. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:57 p.m. Hence Pop getting on Splitter. RT @Matthew_Tynan 10 offensive boards keeping Thunder in this game. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:58 p.m. Pretty sure that Splitter 14 footer was the first basket he's scored outside the paint in his Spurs career. @JMcDonald_SAEN 8:59 p.m. Nice pass Danny? @DarnellMayberry 9:00 p.m. Remember that putback attempt Russ didn't get the shooting foul call on? That's why Thunder players are ticked. Refs give it to Splitter @DarnellMayberry 9:01 p.m. One person called me a hater earlier today. Another just said I'm biased. #goodjournalism @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:01 p.m. Spurs are 8 for 10 from the foul line, which will bring up season avg. OKC is 8 for 10 from the foul line, which will bring down season avg. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:03 p.m. Spurs in bonus for final 4:09 of 3Q. See if they can take advantage. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:06 p.m. My view was blocked. How come Westbrook just took a 31-footer with like 18 seconds on the shot clock? @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:10 p.m. Methinks this is going to be a wild fourth quarter. Calling it ahead of time. @DarnellMayberry 9:12 p.m. How can the Thunder get a Manu Ginobili type? Oh wait... @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:13 p.m. Spurs lead 83-74 after 3Q. Because Durant's steal/coast-to-coast 3-pointer came a tick after the horn. @DarnellMayberry 9:13 p.m. Kevin Durant definitely is not interesting in ruining his shooting percentages on a last-second heave. #FiftyFortyNinety @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:14 p.m. This is high-quality trolling right here. RT @DarnellMayberry How can the Thunder get a Manu Ginobili type? Oh wait... @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:15 p.m. Splitter leads Spurs with 17 points on nine shots. Westbrook leads all scorers with 21 points on 19. KD is 6-10, 16 points. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:17 p.m. Without question. RT @HarrisNye Could Manu have done what Harden is doing this year given his own team in his prime? @okcthunder 9:18 p.m. Thunder pulls within one, but ends Q3 down 83-74. RW leads all scorers with 21. pic.twitter.com/U0Z98Yojyd @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:18 p.m. Three quick fouls for Spurs. Do not want to put OKC in bonus. At all. @DarnellMayberry 9:18 p.m. Everyone in San Antonio still gasps when Fisher releases a shot. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:19 p.m. Without Duncan on the floor, Spurs D'ing up to start 4Q. OKC still scoreless. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:20 p.m. Of course, neither Durant or Westbrook is on the floor for OKC. Which sort of makes a difference. @DarnellMayberry 9:20 p.m. The Thunder has 18 turnovers, which have led to 20 Spurs points. They've come in just about every way imaginable. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:21 p.m. OKC has 19 turnovers, good for 25 Spurs points. Kind of offsets Thunder's rebounding edge. @DarnellMayberry 9:21 p.m. I can't type fast enough to keep up with OKC's turnovers. Another offensive foul. Another Spurs 3. San Antonio 92, Thunder 74 w/ 8:55 left. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:22 p.m. He pretty much has complete control over the lineups, Hubie. RT @danmccarneysaen Can't let that happen if you're Brooks. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:23 p.m. A 9-0 run after Green's third 3, and Spurs have 92-74 lead with 8:55 to play. Their largest. @DarnellMayberry 9:23 p.m. I think it's clear that the Spurs bench is quite capable of being the deciding factor in a potential WCF rematch. Wasn't the case last year. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:23 p.m. Especially not talk radio types. RT @arisports I'm going to go ahead and assume no one will overreact to this outcome. @DarnellMayberry 9:24 p.m. Reggie Jackson minus-14. Kevin Martin and Derek Fisher minus-21. Nick Collison minus-24 @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:27 p.m. Ibaka went down holding his head in that scrum. I can attest Stephen Jackson was nowhere near him at the time. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:29 p.m. We're nearly 6 minutes into 4Q. Spurs lead 96-79. OKC still w/o FG. As WCF proved, OKC capable of going off at any time. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:32 p.m. The best FT-shooting team in NBA history gonna get a lot of foul shots the rest of this quarter. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:33 p.m. Oh, OKC does have one fourth quarter field goal. Durant had that one layup. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:36 p.m. OKC is 4Q: 1 of 11 from field. 10 of 11 from foul line. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:37 p.m. Spurs aren't quite out of the woods. Need baskets. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:38 p.m. Pop is not what you want call happy with Manu Ginobili right now. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:39 p.m. He said a baaaaaaad word. RT @Matthew_Tynan Pop just ripped into Manu. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:40 p.m. Is that good? RT @danmccarneysaen Spurs gave up 46 in their most recent fourth quarter. OKC only has two FGs, 13 points so far in this one. @danmccarneysaen 9:40 p.m. Now Manu knows what it's like to be a reporter. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:43 p.m. Russell Westbrook has attempted 27 shots. Is this normal? @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:44 p.m. Just a game reset. Spurs lead 102-91 with 56.2 seconds to go and the ball. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:45 p.m. Yeah, don't know how the refs missed Westbrook pinning the ball against his calf, taking two steps, and then driving again. But whatever. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:46 p.m. Leonard missed corner 3s on successive trips. So Pop calls timeout and puts Danny Green there. Swish. @JMcDonald_SAEN 9:47 p.m. Spurs will finish off 105-93 victory over OKC, push lead in West back to 2 games. Still one head-to-head meeting left, April 4 in OKC. @DarnellMayberry 9:48 p.m. Final score: Spurs 105, Thunder 93. Spurs shoot 52.4 percent. Thunder turns it over 19 times and watches its bench get outscored 34-16. @okcthunder 9:52 p.m. Spurs lead throughout Q4, and Thunder falls 105-93. KD 26 pts, Russell 25 pts., both with 6 assists. pic.twitter.com/N3CdNEkC3V @okcthunder 9:53 p.m. Spurs lead throughout Q4, and Thunder falls 105-93. KD 26 pts, Russell 25 pts. pic.twitter.com/cKUBxrAHSb close Your browser does not support iframes. Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka (9), of Congo, falls as he chases the ball between San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, Boris Diaw, bottom, of France, and Cory Joseph during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 105-93. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) ORG XMIT: TXDA107 San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter (22), of Brazil, shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka, of Congo, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) ORG XMIT: TXDA105 Subscribe to NewsOK's Thunder Headlines Delivered: Every day View sample Thunder Headlines Newsletter has been subscribed to. You have been unsubscribed from the Thunder Headlines newsletter . 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