The Oklahoma City Thunder took control in the third quarter with a 23-9 run and went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-94 on Thursday night at Chesapeake Arena.
The win by OKC ended the Spurs’ franchise record 19-game winning streak, and moved the Thunder within three games of San Antonio, two in the loss column, for first place in the Western Conference standings.
The Thunder fell behind by 11 points in the first quarter, but chipped away at the Spurs’ lead and went to halftime trailing by just three points, 51-48.
OKC took control in the third quarter, with hot shooting and forcing turnovers that were turned into points, as they outscored San Antonio 30-14 off turnovers.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points, his 39th straight game of scoring at least 25 points, one off Michael Jordan’s mark of 40, which is the third longest such streak in NBA history.
Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 6 assists, including two spectacular slams in the second half Thunder rally.
Serge Ibaka added 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson was back in uniform after a couple games out with injury and scored 14 points.
Kendrick Perkins also returned after missing several weeks with a groin injury and got the start, playing 12 minutes and not scoring.
Nick Collison ended up leaving the game in the third quarter after taking a hard hit to the head by Jeff Ayres’s elbow.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams tweeted about the incident saying Collison had to get four staples in his head.
Nick Collison had a comment of his own on Instagram saying “I really shouldn’t have popped that pimple in the game tonight. Sorry guys”
OKC used their up-tempo offense to turn the tide, outscoring the Spurs 30-13 in fast break points.
The Thunder win completes a four-game regular season sweep of the Spurs, and keeps alive their hope of getting the top seed for the Western Conference playoffs.
San Antonio dropped to 59-17, while the Thunder are 55-19.
The Spurs have only six games remaining, while OKC has eight left, with six of those on the road.
OKC is back in action Friday night at 8:30 at Houston.