The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 22, 2014

Durant scores 36, Thunder beat Spurs 111-105

From The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker's season-high 37, and the Oklahoma City Thunder survived a testy 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, their third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.

Reggie Jackson had 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Oklahoma City (33-10), which reclaimed the West's best record.

Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 14 points each, Marco Belinelli had 13 points and Manu Ginobili added 10 points. Duncan added 13 rebounds, but San Antonio (32-10) struggled to overcome the loss of their top defensive stopper, Kawhi Leonard.

Durant finished 12 for 22, but struggled to get his shot off against the snug defense of the 6-foot-7 Leonard, who has a 7-4 wingspan. Leonard left the game late in the first half after sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. His status is unknown, but a similar injury is expected to sideline Danny Green for a month.

Durant scored 24 points after Leonard left the game with 3 minutes left in the first half.

The Spurs used a physical defense against Durant with Leonard out, especially when Ginobili drew the assignment. The physical play angered Durant, who twice lowered his shoulder and dropped Ginobili. Both plays resulted in non-calls, which incensed Gregg Popovich. The Spurs coach screamed at officials while Durant appeared to yell at Popovich. Popovich was assessed a technical foul, which Durant angrily sank with 1:12 to give Oklahoma City a 55-51 lead with 1:19 left in the first half.

A fight nearly broke out between Derek Fisher and Patty Mills at midcourt in the final minute when the two became entangled on the floor battling for a loose ball. The two had to be separated by teammates after rising from the pile.

There were four lead changes and six ties in the third quarter, but Oklahoma City never trailed in the fourth.

Durant bounced up and down excitedly after his 3-pointer gave Oklahoma City a 108-98 lead with just over a minute remaining.

Jackson averages 13.2 points, but has scored 23.7 points against the Spurs this season.

Jackson had 11 consecutive points early in the fourth quarter, blowing past Parker for layups to give Oklahoma City a 94-89 lead with 8 minutes left.

NOTES: Spurs C Tiago Splitter (sprained right shoulder) and W Danny Green (broken left index finger) both missed the game. . Oklahoma City is 10-4 in back-to-back games, including a 4-3 record on the second night. They have swept three back-to-backs this season. San Antonio has a 54-22 record at home over Oklahoma City. . Fun-loving Spurs forward Matt Bonner is playing along with the ribbing he is getting about the mask he must wear to protect the broken nose he sustained Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Duncan, who owns a vehicle customization shop, offered a custom-paint job for the clear mask and Parker joked that Bonner could "scare Durant" with it. Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News jokingly asked if the injury ends Bonner's hopes of a modeling career once his NBA days are over. "I can still be a hand model," Bonner said.

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  FG FT Reb
OKLAHOMA CITY Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Durant 39:16 12-22 10-11 1-7 5 4 36
Ibaka 37:19 7-14 0-0 2-9 0 2 14
Perkins 21:23 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 5 2
Jackson 38:20 12-17 0-0 0-2 8 4 27
Sefolosha 23:33 1-4 0-3 1-3 0 0 2
Lamb 23:35 4-11 0-0 1-2 6 1 9
Adams 14:10 0-2 1-2 4-7 0 3 1
Fisher 17:46 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 9
Collison 15:54 3-3 0-0 2-4 1 3 6
Jones 8:44 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 5
Totals 240:00 45-83 11-16 11-38 22 25 111

Percentages: FG .542, FT .688.

3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Jackson 3-3, Fisher 3-4, Durant 2-4, Jones 1-2, Lamb 1-4, Ibaka 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (25 PTS).

Blocked Shots: 7 (Ibaka 5, Durant, Sefolosha).

Turnovers: 15 (Durant 11, Adams 2, Fisher, Ibaka).

Steals: 8 (Ibaka 2, Jackson 2, Adams, Collison, Durant, Sefolosha).

Technical Fouls: Fisher, 0:38.4 fourth.

  FG FT Reb
SAN ANTONIO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Leonard 15:05 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 3
Duncan 33:18 6-10 2-6 3-13 3 0 14
Ayres 22:10 1-3 1-2 1-2 4 2 3
Parker 38:39 14-22 8-8 1-2 4 1 37
Belinelli 37:19 6-10 0-0 0-2 3 5 13
Ginobili 26:53 3-9 2-4 0-4 3 1 10
Diaw 31:58 5-8 2-2 0-3 3 4 14
Mills 15:25 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 9
Joseph 12:26 1-3 0-0 1-1 2 2 2
Bonner 6:47 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Totals 240:00 40-75 15-22 8-30 25 17 105

Percentages: FG .533, FT .682.

3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Mills 3-4, Diaw 2-2, Ginobili 2-7, Leonard 1-2, Parker 1-2, Belinelli 1-4, Joseph 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 17 (20 PTS).

Blocked Shots: 3 (Duncan, Joseph, Parker).

Turnovers: 17 (Belinelli 4, Ginobili 3, Parker 3, Duncan 2, Leonard 2, Ayres, Diaw, Mills).

Steals: 10 (Belinelli 4, Duncan 2, Diaw, Ginobili, Leonard, Parker).

Technical Fouls: Coach Popovich, 1:12 second; Mills, 0:38.4 fourth.

Oklahoma City 30 25 21 35—111
San Antonio 24 29 22 30—105

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Officials_Mike Callahan, Brent Barnaky, Courtney Kirkland.