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Thunder 113, Spurs 100

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SAN ANTONIO-- Guard Russell Westbrook had 31 points and eight assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their ninth straight win with a 113-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

Westbrook was 13-of-22 from the field and had two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Guard Reggie Jackson added 21, and forward Kevin Durant chipped in 17. Center Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Thunder (22-4) captured their second win over San Antonio this season.

Tony Parker, who missed the last two games with a right shin contusion, led the Spurs (21-6) with 23 points. He also added eight assists.

Forwards Tim Duncan added 17 points with 10 rebounds, while Boris Diaw had 14, and guard Manu Ginobili 11. Guard Marco Belinelli had 17, all in the first half, and center Tiago Splitter added 11 rebounds.

Playing without key defender Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs worked to contain Durant and held him to 6- of 14 from the field, but they could not contain Westbrook.

Westbrook held the upper hand consistently against Parker in the battle of premier point guards and helped the Thunder build an 11-point third quarter lead.

The Spurs whittled the lead down to four when Splitter's thunderous dunk made it 90-86 with nine minutes left and brought Spurs fans back to their feet.

But the Thunder answered back and pushed the lead back to 12 when Westbrook again silenced the crowd with a jump shot that made it 106-94 with three minutes left.

The Thunder held the Spurs to 43 percent shooting from the field and outrebounded them 48-37.

San Antonio's bench, one of the best in the league, was limited to 30 points, 16 below their average.

But it was Oklahoma City's offensive that exploded for 40 points in the second quarter, shooting 56 percent from the field. Westbrook paced the Thunder with 16 first half points, with Jackson and Durant adding 12 and 11 points each, as the Thunder went into the locker room up 61-50.

Marco Belinelli, who started in place of forward Kawhi Leonard, had 11 first quarter points in nine minutes. Despite the offensive outburst, both teams were locked at 21 after one period.

Belinelli, who hit five first half 3-pointers, led all scorers at the half with 17.

NOTES: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard was scratched before the game because of a dental procedure. Leonard was slated to defend Thunder G and the league's leading scorer, Kevin Durant. ... On Nov. 27th, the Thunder defeated the Spurs 94-88 in Oklahoma City, snapping San Antonio's 11-game win streak. ... San Antonio's bench has been a huge part of their early season success. They are averaging 46.3 points and 11.9 assists per game, both tops in the league in each category. ... It was a homecoming for Oklahoma City G Andre Roberson. The rookie first round pick from Colorado was born in San Antonio and graduated from nearby Karen Wagner high school.
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