Jalen Williams racked up 21 factors and 10 assists and Josh Giddey added 15 factors and 11 rebounds because the visiting Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs 102-90 on Sunday to remain within the hunt for a spot within the postseason.
The Thunder swept a street back-to-back that began Saturday evening with a win in New Orleans. They performed with out main scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who’s managing an stomach damage.
Oklahoma Metropolis led by as many as 17 factors within the second interval, by 5 on the half and, after the Spurs tied the rating early within the third quarter, by seven heading into the fourth. The Thunder have been by no means severely challenged down the stretch, successful for the fifth time in six video games.
Ousmane Dieng scored a career-high 17 factors for Oklahoma Metropolis, with Luguentz Dort scoring 12 and Dario Saric including 10.
5 gamers reached double figures and the Thunder pressured 19 turnovers in tonight’s 102-90 win over the Spurs.
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Zach Collins led San Antonio with 23 factors and 11 rebounds whereas Devonte’ Graham hit for 20 factors, Keita Bates-Diop tallied 12 and Doug McDermott had 11. The Spurs, contemporary off a win over West-leading Denver on Friday, performed with out starters Keldon Johnson (left foot soreness), Jeremy Sochan (proper knee soreness) and Tre Jones (non-COVID sickness).
On Sunday, Oklahoma Metropolis wiped away an early five-point deficit to steer by 10 after Dieng’s layup with 20.2 seconds left within the first quarter.
Aaron Wiggins’ working 3-pointer on the 9:12 mark of the second quarter capped a 14-point run for the Thunder and gave them a 36-19 benefit, their largest of the half. After some back-and-forth play Oklahoma Metropolis’s Lindy Waters III had a 3-pointer and three free throws in a 25-second span to provide the Thunder a 15-point lead.
However the Spurs answered, scoring 20 of the quarter’s remaining 30 factors to claw to inside 52-47 on the break.
Collins led all scorers with 13 factors on the break, with Dieng pacing the Thunder with 11. San Antonio held the Thunder to 33.3 p.c taking pictures within the half but in addition dedicated 11 turnovers earlier than halftime.
The Spurs tied the sport at 59-59 on Collins’ step-back 3-pointer with 9:12 to play within the third interval. Oklahoma Metropolis then scored the following 10 factors to leap again to the entrance.
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