The Thunder traveled to San Antonio on Thursday night looking to extend their win streak to four in a row. The Spurs have been dominating the Thunder in San Antonio in recent times, but OKC went into this game with plenty of optimism.
The first quarter was very back and forth, with each team having their moments. The Thunder got a spark of energy from Darius Bazley off the bench. He had a stretch of seven points in a row. This was much needed for the Thunder as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schröder were off to a slow start. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan were essentially doing it all for the Spurs as they combined for 20 points in the quarter.
The Spurs immediately opened up the second quarter with a huge scoring run. They went on a 17-0 run before the Thunder finally put an end to it. Oklahoma City went on their own little 5 point run forcing the Spurs to call a timeout. While San Antonio still won the quarter, this run helped the Thunder stay in the game. The Spurs led 55-46 at halftime.
The Thunder absolutely took over in the second half. The beginning of the third quarter was pretty even, until SGA started heating up. The young Thunder star scored 15 points in the quarter. The Thunder has struggled in the third quarter many times this season, but Thursday night was a bit different. OKC outscored the Spurs 28-21 in the quarter.
This Thunder squad has been outstanding at closing out games this season. Chris Paul has led this young team to victory late in games on multiple occasions this season. He leads the NBA in clutch time scoring with 91 points. Paul hit several clutch mid-range jumpers in the final minutes to seal the deal for the Thunder. OKC won their fourth straight by a score of 109-103.
Thunder Player Of The Game
The Thunder were led by two different guys against the Spurs, so it’s impossible to pick just one player of the game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul single handedly put this game away in the second half.
Shai took over the third quarter with 15 points, and finished the game with a total of 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Chris Paul was extremely clutch down the stretch hitting jumper after jumper to keep the Spurs comeback efforts away. He finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
On The Road Again
The Thunder will play on the road once again on Saturday night as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will tip-off at 6:30 PM CST. It will be televised on FSOK and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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