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Kevin Durant scores 36 as Thunder sneak by Spurs

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Kevin Durant finished with 36 points and added 7 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson added 27 points and 8 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder nip the San Antonio Spurs, 111-105. The Thunder had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 45-83 (54.2%) from the field, including 10-18 (55.6%) from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City (33-10) is now on a five-game winning streak.

Durant finished 12-22 from the field (2-4 on 3-pointers) and 10-11 from the free throw line. Serge Ibaka chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds for Oklahoma City as well. Tony Parker had another strong game for San Antonio in the loss, putting up 37 points on 14-22 shooting from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line.

In a battle of top offenses, the unit of Oklahoma City (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.17 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 60.2%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 55.6% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 9-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Spurs are winless (0-6) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

San Antonio (32-10) has now dropped three straight to Oklahoma City.

Coming up next, the Thunder play the Boston Celtics, who are 15-29 on the year. The Spurs meet the Atlanta Hawks, currently 22-19 this season. The Thunder are 1-0 versus Boston this season. The Spurs have a 1-0 record against Atlanta this season.


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