Gilgeous-Alexander, Adams lead Thunder past Spurs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Steven Adams added 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 131-103 on Sunday night.
Luguentz Dort, a rookie who is on a two-way contract, scored 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting for Oklahoma City. Chris Paul added 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Thunder win for the 12th time in 15 games. Eight Oklahoma City players scored in double figures — a first for the team since moving from Seattle in 2008.
The Spurs shot just 37% from the field. Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Marco Belinelli added 13. DeMar DeRozan was held to 11 points and LaMarcus Aldridge scored just eight — both well below their averages.
The Spurs led 45-36 in the second quarter before the Thunder went on a 16-0 run. Oklahoma City led 61-55 a halftime behind 13 points from rookie two-way player Luguentz Dort.
The Thunder opened the second half on an 8-2 run, and the Spurs called a timeout. The Thunder continued to roll anyway, and outscored the Spurs 37-18 in the third quarter to take a 98-73 lead. The Thunder shot 66.7% in the quarter while the Spurs shot 23.8%.
Early in the fourth quarter, Adams passed behind his back to Schroder, who lobbed the ball to Adams for a one-handed throwdown that gave the Thunder a 104-77 lead.
Spurs: Committed just one turnover in the first quarter. ... Shot better from 3-point range in the first half (40%) than overall (35.1%) in the first half. ... G Dejounte Murray went scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting.
Thunder: Shot exactly 50 percent from the field in each of the first two quarters. ... Backup G Terrance Ferguson did not play in the second half due to stiffness in his lower back. ... Oklahoma City’s other double-figures scorers were Schroder with 13 points, Danilo Gallinari with 12 and Abdel Nader and Nerlens Noel each with 10.
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