Westbrook, Schroder lead Thunder past Spurs, 122-112
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 13, 2019 11:45 AM
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans (42) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored all of his 19 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-112 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Oklahoma City, which bounced back from a 154-147 loss in double-overtime loss to the Spurs on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Schroder, a reserve point guard, went 0-for-4 from the field in the first half before going 8-for-13 after the break.
Oklahoma City's reserves scored 48 points to help snap a three-game losing streak. The Thunder had seven players score in double figures.
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored a career-high 56 points against the Thunder on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), finished this one with 17.
The Spurs led 60-51 at halftime behind 12 points from DeRozan and 11 from Marco Belinelli.
The Thunder fought back in the third quarter. Paul George hit a three-pointer to give the Thunder a 64-63 lead. Schroder's layup at the third-quarter buzzer put the Thunder up 86-80. Oklahoma City outscored the Spurs 35-20 in the period.
Schroder's layup gave the Thunder a 96-87 lead and caused San Antonio to call a timeout, but the onslaught continued. Schroder stole the ball, then bounced a pass between his legs and behind him to a trailing Westbrook, whose layup put the Thunder ahead 112-100 with about five minutes to play.
Spurs: DeRozan was called for a technical in the third quarter. ... The Spurs went 16-for-19 from three-point range on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), but 10-for-31 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Thunder: G Alex Abrines missed his seventh straight game for personal reasons. ... Schroder was called for a technical in the third quarter. .. Announced before the game that they will be retiring Nick Collison's No. 4 in March. Collison spent all of his 15 NBA seasons with the franchise. ... Committed just seven turnovers.
Spurs: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Thunder: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).