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Russell Westbrook scores 31 as Thunder beat Spurs

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Russell Westbrook put up 31 points and registered 8 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the San Antonio Spurs, 113-100. The Thunder took quality shots from the field in this one, going 43-88 (48.9%). This is the ninth victory in a row for Oklahoma City (22-4). The streak began with a 109-95 victory over New Orleans on December 6th.

Westbrook finished 13-22 (2-5 from three-point range) in a quality performance offensively. Other top performers for Oklahoma City were Kevin Durant with 17 points and 5 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 14 points and 14 rebounds. On 6-14 shooting from the field and 11-13 from the free throw line, Tony Parker put up 23 points for San Antonio in the loss. He also tallied 8 assists. Tim Duncan contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds, Boris Diaw finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili put up 11 points and 5 assists.

Along with their eFG% of 55.7%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 44.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 4-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Spurs are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops San Antonio (21-6) to 0-2 versus Oklahoma City on the season.

Coming up, the Thunder will play the Toronto Raptors (10-14) on Sunday. The Spurs also match up with the Raptors in their next game as well, taking place on Monday. The Spurs are 1-0 versus Toronto this season.


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