San Antonio Spurs vs. OKC Thunder: Live Blog, Results and Game Highlights

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder became the NBA's first team to win 20 games, using an impressive team effort and a big advantage in the paint to knock of the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

OKC doubled San Antonio's points in the lane, 44-22, outrebounded the Spurs by a margin of plus-eight and even won the turnover battle by four.

The game was essentially decided in the third quarter, as the Thunder put up 29 while limiting the Spurs to just 16 points in the period. San Antonio went nearly seven minutes without scoring a field goal after halftime, while OKC continued go ride the hot shooting of Serge Ibaka and the reckless aggression of Russell Westbrook en route to an 18-point lead as the game went into the fourth quarter.

Ibaka topped OKC with 25 points and 17 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting, while Tony Parker and Nando De Colo led the Spurs with14 apiece.

Kevin Durant hung back in this one, content to shoot the ball just 13 times. He managed 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in a reserved effort. His teammate, Russell Westbrook, struggled with hit shooting, but sparked OKC's big third quarter with his consistent effort and hustle.

OKC moves to 20-4 with the win, while the Spurs, who play again tomorrow night, dipped to 19-7.

Final Score: Thunder 107, Spurs 93