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Spurs hand Kevin Durant's Thunder worst loss of season

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm •  Published: January 1, 2011
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, looks around San Antonio Spurs' Richard Jefferson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 101-74. AP Photo
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, looks around San Antonio Spurs' Richard Jefferson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 101-74. AP Photo

The Thunder stared at a quick 24-10 hole after it started just 3-for-15 shooting from the field. San Antonio, meanwhile, made 11 of its first 17 shots and turned the game into a track meet by scoring seven quick points off the Thunder's first three turnovers. Oklahoma City had no answer for the Spurs in transition and watched San Antonio score 24 fast-break points. It led to a whopping 60-26 differential in points in the paint.

“We got beat by the best team in basketball,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They handed it to us pretty fair and square.”

Brooks was most displeased with the offense, which was marred by over-passing, ill-advised shots and general carelessness. Oklahoma City trailed 31-17 at the end of the first quarter after making just four of 20 shots and committing five turnovers. It was mostly downhill from there. The Thunder shot just 29.3 percent in the first half, making as many free throws (12) as it had field goals and turnovers.

The 19 turnovers also were one shy of a season-high. Russell Westbrook, one night after a triple double, turned it over six times and struggled all night before scoring a season-low eight points on 3-for-11 shooting.

“We were going too fast,” Durant said. “We were in the fifth gear all night.”

Durant deemed it a lesson learned against the league's current juggernaut.

“We got a long way to go if we want to be as good as those guys,” Durant said.

Saturday's box score
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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