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Coming off loss, Spurs host new look Thunder on Friday night

Tip-off between San Antonio, Oklahoma City is 7 p.m. on ESPN, FSSW

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) defends in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) defends in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs will look to rebound from their latest loss when they host the new-look Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

The tip-off between San Antonio and Oklahoma City is 7 p.m. and the game will be shown on both ESPN and Fox Sports Southwest.

Most Recently San Antonio lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves ending a 12-game winning streak against them on Wednesday night.

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Forward LaMarcus Aldridge was plagued with foul trouble but finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Pau Gasol added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the loss.

Missing for San Antonio once again were all-star forward Kawhi Leonard and point guard Tony Parker but the team saw Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and center Joffrey Lauvergne on the floor.

The Spurs continue to try to bide time until the eventual return of both Leonard and Parker, both of whom are still rehabilitating from quadriceps injuries.

Oklahoma City (7-7) enters the game on a three-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City made two of the biggest moves in the offseason, acquiring forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks and Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.

The team has had a rocky start meshing the two all-stars with 2016 MVP Russell Westbrook. Early on the Thunder had a four game losing streak and now center Steven Adams is out with a calf injury. 

The three all-stars will provide a challenge for San Antonio, as all three are averaging more than 20 points per game. San Antonio native Andre Roberson rounds out a talented starting five.

Last year San Antonio won two of three games against Oklahoma City, taking the first game 108-94 on Jan. 31 before losing 102-92 on the road March 9. The Spurs then won the finale on the road 100-95.


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