NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 24th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (33-22) at San Antonio Spurs (31-23), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The winning streak is over for young star Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who will try to get back on track Wednesday with a road test against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Oklahoma City's nine-game winning streak was halted in last night's 104-102 home loss versus the Phoenix Suns. Jason Richardson's basket with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game sealed the win for the Suns, while Durant poured in 36 points and has now scored at least 25 points in 29 straight games. Durant, the leading scorer in the NBA with 29.9 ppg, continues to inch closer to legend Michael Jordan, who scored 25-plus points in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season.
"Well, we had a nice run going and there's nothing to be ashamed of," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, whose team went 0-for-10 down the stretch. "We stubbed our toe tonight. I liked the way our guys fought. We didn't have our good stuff defensively and we were down early and we battled back and took a 10-point lead. We had a good run. They made plays. They made some big plays, big shots down the stretch."
Russell Westbrook finished with 21 points and 10 assists, while Jeff Green added 16 points and six rebounds in defeat. Westbrook is averaging 24.6 points in his last three games. Oklahoma City, the sixth seed in the West, has won five straight road games and is 17-11 away from the Ford Center this season.
The Spurs are back home after their Rodeo Road Trip to start the month and went 4-4 on the excursion. They lost the last two tests of the swing and are coming off Sunday's 109-101 overtime loss in Detroit.
Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan registered 29 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which played without guard Tony Parker because of a hip problem. Manu Ginobili and George Hill netted 21 and 17 points, respectively, in a losing cause. Over the last eight years since moving to the AT&T Center, the Spurs' combined record on the Rodeo Road Trip is 44-20.
"Like many NBA games down the stretch you need to make shots and Detroit did. We shot poorly from three again and it made a difference for us. In the end it comes down to making shots down the stretch," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Parker is listed as questionable tonight against Oklahoma City. The Spurs sit 3 1/2 games off the lead in the Southwest Division and seventh in the conference standings. They will try to work on their 19-10 home mark tonight.
The 2009-10 season series between the Spurs and Thunder is tied at a game apiece, but San Antonio has won 20 of the last 27 meetings between the clubs.
02/24 10:44:32 ET