Spurs Struggle in 4th Quarter, Lose 112-106 to Thunder

By George Middleton

San Antonio Spurs fans have been waiting for this day for a few months. Opening night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the league. Unfortunately for Spurs fans the Thunder showed why they’re a team that no wants to mess with, as they beat San Antonio 112-106.

Going into the fourth quarter the Spurs were up 83-79, before being outscored 33-23 in the final period against the Thunder. The Spurs had a chance to go up one with 15 seconds, but Danny Green air balled a three pointer.

Kawhi Leonard‘s career high 32 points (13-for-22 fg) wasn’t enough for the Spurs. Leonard also added eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

The Thunder’s bench was simply too much as they finished with 39 points. Enes Kanter led the Thunder bench with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Russell Westbrook was too much for the Spurs, as he went for 33 points and 10 assists.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a quiet debut with the Spurs. The 4-time NBA All-Star finished with 11 points (4-for-12 fg) and five rebounds. David West had eight points in 18 minutes off the bench.

Both teams shot the ball terrifically, the Thunder made 49 percent of their field goals, and the Spurs made 48 percent. The Spurs did a good job of forcing 19 Thunder turnovers, but it wasn’t enough.

Kevin Durant finished with 22 points and six rebounds. The superstar finished 6-for-19 from the field.

Tim Duncan (eight points) and Tony Parker (10 points) were quiet in the contest for the Spurs.

Up next for the Spurs are the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

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