Another streak might mean more than both of them - Oklahoma City’s season sweep. Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook scored 27 to help the Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night in a showdown of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City won all four games against the Spurs this season, and this was the most lopsided result.
“That’s a big thing,” Westbrook said. “When you have a team that’s a good basketball team - they’re the No. 1 team in the West, and we want to be the best team, you’ve got to beat the best. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”
Serge Ibaka added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who trail San Antonio by three games with eight remaining.
Durant scored at least 25 points for the 39th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times during the 1986-87 season. He reached 25 on a free throw with 3:31 remaining, drawing a roar from the crowd.
“That was a cool feeling,” Durant said. “I don’t want to take those moments for granted. It’s not what I’m really playing the game for, but it is still cool to see that support from such great fans, no matter what.”
“That’s a lot of games to be scoring 25 points in a row,” Westbrook said. “You can’t just not think about that. That’s an unbelievable stat. I think he may just finish the season doing that. He does that in his sleep.”
“Too many turnovers led to too many points, and that’s the ballgame,” San Antonio guard Danny Green said. “If we changed that, it’s probably a totally different game.”
Patty Mills scored 21 points and Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each added 17 for the Spurs, who hadn’t lost since Feb. 21.
“We never thought about the streak in the first place,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “To us, it is just another game.”
Spurs reserve Manu Ginobili did not play. The veteran guard was not listed on the injury report, and Popovich did not explain why Ginobili was out.
Oklahoma City trailed 51-43 in the second quarter before Westbrook drained a 3-pointer, then made a layup with 2.6 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 51-48 at halftime. Westbrook had struggled with his shot before that flurry.
“You may miss a few shots here and there, but you’ve got to keep your mind in the game and stay in the moment,” Westbrook said.