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San Antonio Spurs Player Grades in Win Over Oklahoma City Thunder

By Jay Desai
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The San Antonio Spurs took the final game of their regular season series with the Oklahoma City on Tuesday, defeating the Thunder 113-88.

The series between the two teams was dead-locked at one win apiece but now the Spurs hold the regular season advantage, 2-1.

San Antonio started early, taking a 29-10 lead after one, and never slowed down, powering ahead to a 25 point victory.

Kawhi Leonard matched his career-high in scoring for a second-straight night with 26 points while Tim Duncan contributed 12 points, nine rebounds, and an insane five blocks.

For the Thunder, it was once again the Russell Westbrook show as the Oklahoma City superstar led his team in scoring with 17. Jeremy Lamb also played well, 11 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Oklahoma City game!

Check out our San Antonio Spurs player grades below!

D-. Tony Parker had one of his worst games of the season on Tuesday night against the Thunder. Parker was on the floor for only 16 minutes and was extremely inefficient. The French point guard just could not get the offense rolling how he would have liked to, sputtering to two points on 1-of-5 shooting. Even his ball movement was poor, finishing the game with just two assists and one turnover. If it is any consolation, Parker did limit Westbrook to just two rebounds and two assists, something that has been very hard to do for teams recently.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER

A. With an early lead, the Spurs had the luxury of resting their starters in this game. Danny Green was one of those starters that was not on the court for long, only playing 17 minutes. Unlike Parker, however, the former Tar Heel was efficient in his short stint on the floor. Green recorded eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, 2-of-3 from deep. He also managed to collect three rebounds. The former second round pick’s one-on-one defense was also stout, helping to force Thunder starting two-guard Dion Waiters to shoot 4-of-11 from the field.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

A+. Kawhi Leonard’s performance on Tuesday has Spurs fans just asking one question, when will the emerging superstar break his career scoring high? The 2014 Finals MVP tied his career scoring-high for a second straight game, coming away with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Leonard was also active with his hands, registering three steals and a blocked shot. No one seems to have an answer for the 6-foot-7 forward as of late and right now, teams should be very afraid, especially if he manages to break through this points ceiling.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

A+. Tim Duncan continued to show the NBA how effortless the game is for him with his work against Oklahoma City. Duncan, like the rest of the starters, was limited to under 25 minutes. He, however, did not let that impact his contribution on the floor. Duncan was an absolute monster in limited floor time, barely missing yet another double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. “The Big Fundamental,” also refused to let anything pass in the paint, blocking five shots. Duncan continues to be unstoppable and so do the Spurs.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

San Antonio Spurs. ARON BAYNES. A+. Aron Baynes was anothr solid contributor in Tuesday night’s win. The Australian big man took the starting center spot with Tiago Splitter out with injury and made the most of it, recording 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting along with six rebounds. His defense was solid as well, helping to limit the Thunder starting front-court to 5-of-16 shooting. If Baynes can continue to hold down the starting five spot with this type of production, San Antonio could rise even higher in the standings.. C

A. The San Antonio Spurs bench once again put the foot on the gas on Tuesday night, maintaining and growing the team’s lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs reserves accounted for 55 of the team’s 113 points, making for a great night. Marco Belinelli led the scoring outburst from the bench, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Manu Ginobili was also impressive, 10 points and four rebounds along with a plus-25 plus-minus. The San Antonio reserves have played well as of late and it’s a big reason the Spurs continue to win.. . . SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH

Next: Game Recap: Spurs at Thunder

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