SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Russell Westbrook poured in an all-round performance on Christmas Day to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 victory over defending champions San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
In a repeat of last year’s Western Conference finals, Westbrook collected 34 points on 14-for-28 shooting — 11 assists, five rebounds and five steals to paced the Thunder (14-16), who again were without injured reigning MVP Kevin Durant because of a sprained right ankle.
“I am happy we got a win on Christmas,” the All-Star point guards Westbrook, who opened the competition shooting 1-for-8 from the field told ESPN after the win.
“It was a great win for us against a good home team.”
Serge Ibaka knocked down 3-for-4 from behind the arc and finished with 21 points and nine rebounds and Steven Adams grabbed a double-double of 16 points and 15 boards in the win for the travelers.
Matt Bonner scored 17 points off the bench to lead the way for San Antonio (18-12), which now drop five of the last six games overall and four of the last six games at home.
After a close battle during the second half, Oklahoma City went on a 13-0 run to take a 102-93 lead with 3:13 remaining before limiting the Spurs’ shots down the stretch to take the win and rebounded from Tuesday night’s 115-111 overtime defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Anthony Morrow hit 3 of his 5 three-pointers and scored 15 points and five boards off the bench, while Perry Jones had 14.
Tim Duncan contributed 15 points, six rebounds, five assists in the defeat for San Antonio, with Tiago Splitter and Cory Joseph each ending with 14 points.
Splitter also pulled down seven rebounds, while Manu Ginobili grabbed 13 boards and 11 points for the Spurs, who shot 51.9 percent from the field.
In fact, both teams went 42-for-81 from the floor, but the Thunder made 60-percent of their shots from three-point range and out rebounded the home side 47-38, which made a huge difference on the day.