With their win tonight, the Oklahoma City Thunder staked their claim as the best team in the NBA. Only half a game up on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference, the Thunder went into San Antonio on Dec. 21 and beat the Spurs, 113-110.
It was the NBA-leading ninth victory in a row for the Thunder, who won the game behind an impressive 31-point evening from Russell Westbrook. The win, while not an upset in the least, was the first one in seven meetings in San Antonio. The last time Oklahoma City won on the road against the Spurs was in November 2009.
The Thunder's two point guards were on fire against San Antonio, with Westbrook and Reggie Jackson combining to hit 21 of 36 (.583) from the floor, while also dishing out 12 assists between the two.
Jackson scored 21 points himself while Kevin Durant added 17 and Serge Ibaka had a double-double, with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while also blocking three shots. Ibaka, who has led the NBA in blocks for three straight seasons, currently ranks second this season to Roy Hibbert with 59.
The big three were back tonight for the Spurs, but it made little difference in the game. Tim Duncan had a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker finished with a team-high 23 points and Manu Ginobili scored 11. Overall, the Thunder out shot the Spurs 48.9 percent to 42.7 percent and out rebounded them 48-37.
The Thunder return to Oklahoma City on Sunday night with a game against the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. EST.