Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Reggie Jackson tied a career high with 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the San Antonio Spurs, 94-88, on Wednesday night, ending the Spurs' 11-game win streak.
It wasn't a pretty effort by the Thunder, as Durant and Russell Westbrook shot a combined 12-of-39 from the floor. Durant went 10-for-23 and Westbrook went 2-for-16. However, Durant made some big plays down the stretch, including a three-point play and a jumper that sealed the deal for Oklahoma City.
For San Antonio, it was a very uncharacteristically poor offensive performance. The Spurs shot 39 percent as a team and went only 7-of-27 from beyond the arc. Tony Parker led them with 16 points, but he shot only 6-of-16 from the field.
With the win, the Thunder improved to 7-0 at home and extended their own win streak to five games.
Let's break this one down for both sides and discuss the keys to the game.
Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb Were Sensational
While Durant and Westbrook were struggling, Jackson and Jeremy Lamb combined for their best effort as a duo of the young season.
Jackson in particular was outstanding in this one, igniting a third-quarter run by the Thunder and carrying that over into the fourth period to score eight of the team's first 10 points over the final 12 minutes. He would end up shooting 10-of-14 from the floor, essentially nullifying Westbrook's nightmarish outing.
Lamb was integral to OKC's win, as well. The second-year wing out of UConn scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, displaying an extremely quick release to get the ball up before the Spurs' defense even had a chance to react. He hit a couple of big triples in the win, too.
You do the math. Jackson and Lamb went 15-of-21 from the floor for 35 points.
Serge Ibaka Was Serge Iblocka
Serge Ibaka was incredible in this game and was probably the best player on the floor for the Thunder overall.
The big man posted 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, representing a rather consistent source of offense when the team was struggling and serving as a nearly impenetrable rim protector on the other end.
The five blocks on Ibaka's stat sheet do not truly demonstrate just how dominant he was.
San Antonio was clearly bothered by the mere thought of his presence all night, as it rushed up shots at the rim and missed tons of easy looks at point blank range just because Ibaka was in the area.
He played a significant part in holding Tim Duncan to 5-of-14 shooting and for Parker's struggles.
Spurs Couldn't Hit the Three-Ball
When Danny Green is bricking wide-open looks from long range, you know things aren't exactly going your way.
The Spurs missed their first seven triples of the night and never got into a rhythm from distance, as Green went 0-for-4 and Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili both went 1-for-5.
San Antonio was getting some good looks as a result of good ball movement, but the shots just weren't falling.
It's tough to win games when your shots in the paint are being contested and your bombs from behind the three-point line aren't going down.
Kawhi Leonard Disappeared Down the Stretch
After an outstanding first half in which Leonard led all scorers with 13 points, the San Diego State product registered only a single point over the final two periods.
He still kept up his dogged defense on Durant, fiercely contesting nearly every shot KD got up, but he missed numerous easy looks around the basket and just could not find the groove that he was in during the first half.
Of course, part of that was due to the fact that the Spurs weren't getting out in transition as easily in the second half as they were over the first 24 minutes, but still, Leonard was essentially a non-factor offensively for San Antonio down the stretch.
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