Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder past the Spurs
11 March, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Alicia Barber
Russell Westbrook seized an early lead in the NBA's MVP race this season with his pursuit of a triple-double average, but a number of challengers have seize his position as favorite for various stretches of the year. Only Oscar Robertson has ever averaged a triple double (double digit tallies in points, rebounds, and assists) for a single season. But it's his 31st triple-double of the season, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most by an National Basketball Association player in a season. The Thunder always have played to their potential when Westbrook manages more than takes over, but there have been plenty of games this season when he has rescued them with individual heroics. In their last game, a 112-110 win over the Rockets, they failed to cover as a 3.5-point home favorite and are now 0-4 at the betting window over their last four games.
Victor Oladipo scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in his second game back since missing six with back spasms. The Spurs struggled to find any offense with five players scoring 2 points and Bertans leading with 3.
But all of that good stuff won't matter much unless the Thunder find a way to recover and finish their season strong. The team's record in his triple-doubles speaks for itself.
NOTES: After resting Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge Wednesday night, San Antonio rested Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Kyle Anderson on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder were above the scoreline throughout the game except the first quarter, where there were a few minutes that San Antonio led the score, but it was a mirage.
Are these Spurs four games worse than last year's edition, the one that featured Tim Duncan on zero legs and no Gasol, no Dedmon, no Murray, no Davis Bertans?
"It's astounding", Popovich said. We crawled back in it, and now I think it just goes to show the character that we have within the group, coming together and making sure we don't get embarrassed in our own building like that.
James collected 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists with Kyrie Irving adding 27 points for the Cavaliers.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs demonstrated they are perfectly capable of rallying in the final quarter to win without Kawhi Leonard.
The Thunder's next game is at home against the Utah Jazz on Sunday (NZT).
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