Thunder ends Spurs’ 19-game win streak
Kevin Durant scored 28 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night, ending the Spurs’ winning streak at 19 games.
Seattle Times news services
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant’s rare streak of games with least 25 points continued, and San Antonio’s run of 19 straight wins came to a halt.
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, which trails 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. Durant 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.”
Durant can match Jordan’s mark, the longest such streak in the past 50 years, Friday in Houston.
“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.”
The Thunder shot 59 percent in the second half to pull away. Oklahoma City scored 30 points off San Antonio’s 19 turnovers.
Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning received word he has been selected as a first-ballot inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame’s formal announcement will be made this weekend at the Final Four in Dallas.
Joining Mourning in the Hall of Fame will be Mitch Richmond, according to reports.
• Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. Gasol, 33, becomes a free agent after this season.
• Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jose Calderon added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the host Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, 113-107. Blake Griffin had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first triple-double of the season for the Clippers, who had won 17 of their previous 19. Guard J.J. Redick is set to return for the Clippers after missing 25 games because of a bulging disk in his back.
• Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested on allegations of domestic assault and was being held without bail pending charges while his team left for a two-game road trip in Florida.