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Serge Ibaka leads Thunder's rout of Spurs

Ibaka decided last week not to respond to San Antonio forward Stephen Jackson's tweet. Instead, he scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in OKC's 107-93 victory on Monday.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 17, 2012

/articleid/3738420/1/pictures/1910174">Photo - Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) shoots against San Antonio's Tim Duncan (21) 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
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) shoots against San Antonio's Tim Duncan (21) 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

It was the first time since Jan. 27 at Golden State that Ibaka has finished with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and just the third time in his career that he's done it in the regular season.

Jackson perhaps supplied Ibaka's motivation when he posted a message to his Twitter account on Dec. 7 threatening to fight Ibaka if the two happened to get tangled up the next time their teams met. In the first meeting between these teams this season, baka and Jackson were called for a double technical foul for jawing. No funny business took place Monday.

Jackson posted his message after Ibaka and Metta World Peace, Jackson's former teammate who was formerly known as Ron Artest, had an on-court altercation in the Thunder's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ibaka again declined to discuss the matter Monday.

“I respect your job, but I don't want to talk about (it),” Ibaka repeated when asked if Jackson's comments fueled his performance. “It was a great win for us. We need it. It's about (the) win, the team win.”

Jackson, who returned to the lineup Monday after missing 14 straight games because of a finger he fractured Nov. 19, chose to focus his post-game comments on team, too.

“I'm leaving that alone,” said Jackson when asked if the two exchanged words. “It's all basketball. Whatever was said on the court is going to stay on the court and I'm going to leave it alone. I wish Serge the best.”

Jackson then commended Ibaka.

“He hurt us bad,” Jackson said. “He had, what, 18 in the first half, 16 in the first half? He was hitting everything. That's the same way we lost last year in the playoffs, by him hitting those same shots. I take my hat off. He played a great game tonight.”

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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