In a game worthy of the honor afforded two great Western Conference teams on Christmas Day, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder delivered fans the gift of great basketball. It was a battle of classic beautiful Spurs movement and teamwork against the incredible athleticism and shot-making skill of Russell Westbrook. Ultimately, with Kawhi Leonard still sidelined with a hand injury, the Spurs couldn't put enough length, speed and strength in front of the Russell Freight Train.
Westbrook finished the game with 34 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. He got big help from young Steven Adams in the paint who grabbed 15 rebounds and scored 16 points and held Tim Duncan in check. The Spurs were led by 17 points from Matt Bonner who gets "Play of the Game" honors. The Plaid Mamba was probably given just a bit of extra bounce from these special kicks.
The Spurs get no time to recover or reflect as they head to the Big Easy to face Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.