OKLAHOMA CITY -- Guard Reggie Jackson came off the bench and tied a career high with 23 points to propel the OKLAHOMA CITY Thunder to a 94-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
With three minutes left in the game, the Spurs (13-2) trailed the Thunder (10-3) 83-77. Forward Kawhi Leonard drove the lane with a chance to cut the deficit to four points. However, OKLAHOMA CITY forward Serge Ibaka altered the shot and got the rebound.
Guard Marco Bellinelli made a couple of baskets to get the Spurs to within seven. But once again, Durant found a way to put points on the board when he got Leonard to foul him and send him to the line for a pair of free throws.
Despite San Antonio being the older team, they were the squad that got out and ran to start the night. Parker and Leonard were beating the Thunder down court for fast breaks, even though OKLAHOMA CITY hadn't played since Sunday.
However, San Antonio outscored the Thunder 14-11 the rest of the quarter as the Thunder's two stars struggled to find their game. Westbrook shot 1-for-11 from the field while Durant was only slightly better at 5-for-13. Yet, the Spurs only led 46-43 at halftime.
OKLAHOMA CITY's shooting didn't improve in the third, but its defense did. They contested every San Antonio shot and were on the floor going after all loose balls and they flew out to a 68-61 lead at the end of the quarter.
NOTES: OKLAHOMA CITY coach Scott Brooks is not surprised that the Spurs started hot. "They've done nothing different," Brooks said. "They started another season. That's what they do and do it every year. Next year they will be in the same position." ... OKLAHOMA CITY's Jeremy Lamb will start to see more time at the point guard spot in certain situations. The second-year pro took over the position in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, and Brooks said he saw something he liked. ... The Spurs play the Magic on Friday in Orlando. ... The Thunder play host to the Golden State Warriors on Friday.