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Spurs Pour In 130 In Romp Of Thunder

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With less than 15 seconds remaining, Jeremy Lamb pulled up and hit the game's final shot – a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

That cut San Antonio's lead to 39.


The Spurs looked to be in NBA-Finals mode on Wednesday night as they clobbered the Thunder 130-91. San Antonio shot 58 percent from the floor and a blistering 62 percent from downtown.

This was never competitive.

San Antonio dropped 32 points in the first quarter and 39 in the second quarter. Oklahoma City's defenders looked like tourists at the River Walk.

Perhaps the bigger problem involves just how unsurprising this defensive performance was. The Thunder defense has now allowed 115 points or more in five of their past six games.

“We haven't played what we need to do, defensively,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks explained. “We have to do a better job of recognizing when we do have a breakdown, or defensively at the rim, or we have to do a better job of keeping in front of the basketball. It's every aspect of it.”

The Spurs spent half of the game in what may as well have been layup lines and the other half taking uncontested long-range target practice. Seven Spurs finished in double figures and eight Spurs shot 50 percent or better from downtown. It was an offensive clinic.

Meanwhile, other than Enes Kanter, who collected another double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, the Thunder's offense was pretty much absent. Russell Westbrook had a rare off night, scoring 16 points on 16 shots. Dion Waiters chipped in 14 and was the only other Thunder player to reach double figures.

“It was a tough night, all the way around, both ends of the floor,” Brooks emphasized. “Give them credit; they played at a high level.”

San Antonio's 130 points was a season-high against OKC. The Spurs (45-26) held their ground as the Western Conference's No. 6 seed. Oklahoma City (41-31), thanks to losses by Phoenix and New Orleans, remain three games up in the race for the No. 8 spot. The Thunder is back at it on Saturday night in Utah.

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