Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder, 104-101
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 18, 2017 11:56 AM
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 1: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs stands for the National Anthem before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2017 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a 23-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-101 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Danny Green added 17 points, and Pau Gasol had 14 points to help San Antonio end Oklahoma City's three-game winning streak.
Aldridge put back of Green's missed three-pointer gave the Spurs a 102-99 lead with 24.2 seconds remaining.
The Thunder missed two three-pointers on the ensuing possession, but Carmelo Anthony tracked down a second offensive rebound and made a 25-footer with his foot on the three-point line to cut the lead to 102-101.
Gasol made two free throws, and Russell Westbrook stumbled to the court and threw up an airball on a three-point attempt.
Anthony had 20 points to lead the Thunder. Westbrook was held to 15 points after scoring 10 in the opening period. He was 5-for-22 from the field.
The Spurs rallied behind their usual formula of hounding defense and three-point shooting.
Davis Bertans hit three consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter, tying it at 78 with 38 seconds remaining with his final triple of the run. The three-pointer also closed a 58-35 run after the Spurs trailed 43-20.
The Thunder closed the first quarter on an 18-2 run. The Spurs had a season-low 15 points in the opening period.
Thunder: Oklahoma City entered the game leading the league in steals (10.4) and opponent turnovers (19.0). The Thunder have never finished in the top five in either category since leaving Seattle. ... Westbrook, Anthony and George have split game-high scoring honors throughout the season. George has led six times and Westbrook and Anthony have done so on five occasions each. ... Nick Collinson did not play for the 14th time this season. The 15-year veteran played five minutes in his only appearance of the season.
Spurs: Kawhi Leonard, who has not played this season, remained out with right quadriceps tendinopathy. There is no timeline on his return. ... Tony Parker worked out with Spurs shooting guru Chip Engelland during morning workouts as he rehabilitates from quadriceps surgery. ... Kyle Anderson stayed in the lineup after getting hit in the jaw while battling for a rebound under the Thunder's basket with three minutes remaining in the game. ... San Antonio's previous low in the opening quarter was 17 points at Dallas on Nov. 14 (Nov. 15, PHL time).
Thunder: Visit New Orleans on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) in their first game against the Pelicans after sweeping last season's series.
Spurs: Host Atlanta on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) before embarking on a two-game trip.