The Spurs went back home after an awful two game road trip to extend their home winning streak to 8. LaMarcus Aldridge was back in action, with no signs of the left knee contusion suffered Tuesday night vs the Wizards. He had 19 points in the first half and 25 on the night.
San Antonio missed 9 straight in the middle of the third to give the Thunder their first lead, which they carried into the fourth. Aided by the Thunder having a scoreless 4.5 minutes in the middle of the final period, the Spurs fought back and got the lead back off a Danny Green three. An emphatic dunk by Aldridge nearly sealed the game for the Spurs, giving them a 99-96 lead. After Russ airballed the three, Patty hit two freebies to make you think the game was over. Paul George hit a tough three to bring the game within 2, and then Patty almost turned the ball over. Luckily the ball took a bounce off Westbrook’s knee before going out of bounds to seal the Spurs win.
- Turnovers killed the Spurs again, with 18 for the game.
- Paul George shot himself out of his recent slump, with 26 points on the night.
- Both teams were efficient from deep, with the Spurs shooting 13-31 (42%) and the Thunder shooting 11-30 (37%).
- This game was won at the line, as San Antonio had 22 made free throws to OKC’s 14.
- Dejounte Murray didn’t have a crazy stat line, but it was balanced, with 7 points, 7 dimes, and 8 boards. He’s going to be very good.
- The Spurs are just a different team at home than they are on the road. There’s more fire, the defense is better, and the record proves it: The Spurs are now 30-8 at home.
The Rockets are in town Sunday at 2:30 p.m.