With only eight games left on the regular season schedule, San Antonio would have to have an epic collapse in order for Oklahoma City to capture the top seed in the Western Conference. Even if that is what’s on the mind of the loyal Thunder fan base, that’s not what Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were thinking when they combined for a whopping 55 points. For them, it was all about making a statement.
Durant and Westbrook excelled on both ends of the court. Even though they weren’t flawless, they knew the only way the Thunder were going to emerge victorious is if they took control of the game. Durant converted 42.3 percent from the field while Westbrook was a clean 50 percent. Westbrook mixed in four steals and six assists. Durant helped clean up the boards with seven rebounds. Some of their teammates excelled in other areas, but it was Durant and Westbrook who were the stars of the contest.
The Spurs have class, a veteran presence and certain calmness about them. It will take quite a bit to get them rattled just weeks before the postseason. However, one has to wonder what San Antonio thinks about losing by 12 points to a team that they will most likely have to overcome to reach the NBA Finals. It can’t be a good feeling for the Spurs, especially when reserve player Patty Mills outscored all five starters.
Even though they lost last night to the Thunder, the Spurs are still the team to beat in the West and will make the road to the NBA Finals run through San Antonio. Get your Spurs tickets to watch them make another run at an NBA Championship.