(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — While one streak continued, another one went down. Kevin Durant scored 25 or more points for the 39th straight time, helping Oklahoma City defeat Western Conference-leading San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night. The loss snapped the Spurs’ franchise-record 19-game winning streak.
San Antonio led early in the contest, holding a 51-48 lead at halftime. The Thunder then went on a furious run to take the lead. Eventually, Oklahoma City would have a 91-75 advantage before an 8-0 run by the Spurs cut the deficit in half, but that was as close as San Antonio would get.
The Thunder (55-19) pulled to within three games of the Spurs (59-17) for the top seed in the Western Conference. What may be more important is that Oklahoma City has now won all four regular-season meetings with San Antonio.
“When you have a team that’s a good basketball team…you’ve got to beat the best,” said Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. “I think we did a great job of that tonight.”
Oklahoma City shot 59 percent from the floor in the second half and forced 18 turnovers, which translated into 30 points. Meanwhile, the Spurs were held to just 43.2 percent and only attempted 12 free throws.
“We just made the second and third efforts,” said Durant, who finished the game with 28 points. “We did a good job of helping each other on the defensive end.”
Westbrook added 27 points for the Thunder while Patty Mills led the way for San Antonio with 21 points.
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Jill Martin, CNN