By Suave Francisco
Typically when the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs meet up it's an epic battle. That's what everyone thought this game would be like until the Spurs head coach announced the day before that he would sit his star players. Expectations for this game then changed, with fans and media expecting a blowout and that's exactly what happened with OKC winning their seventh straight game 111-92.
Although it was an expected blowout, it didn't start that way as Oklahoma City appeared to take the Spurs lightly without their main nucleus of talent. By the end of the first quarter San Antonio was up 26-24 and that trend continued as San Antonio expanded their lead to seven points early in the second quarter. It wasn't until Kevin Durant substituted back into the game with about four minutes left in the half that there was much of a change. By the 2:23 mark, Oklahoma City had a 44-41 lead and despite being tied shortly after that at 44, they never looked back. The Thunder went into halftime up 48-44. The third quarter was even better, expanding the lead minute-by-minute and eventually going up 83-63 by the end of the third, most obviously because of Russell Westbrook's 28 points and Kevin's 22. They maintained the lead for the most part throughout the fourth quarter as Russell finished with 29 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. KD and Russ aren't the only Thunder players that had spectacular games though, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also combined for 31 points and 17 rebounds while playing pretty good defense, shutting down the San Antonio big guys for the majority of the second half.
This clearly isn't the San Antonio team we are accustomed to seeing, so be happy, but don't read into this game too much. Although we've beaten this team earlier in the season as well with all of their players, they are clearly a tougher team this late in the season when they are loaded, and more so in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City cruises to a big win, their seventh straight and they improve to (51-22) on the season. The next game will be at the Toronto Raptors, who sit firmly in the second playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.