Thunder slide by shorthanded Spurs

Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:00am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Thunder chose rhythm and the Spurs chose relaxation Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

You might be able to guess how it turned out.

Despite the two teams virtually locked into place for the upcoming playoffs, the Thunder went with its regular starters and regular rotation while San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich rested four of his five starters on the second night of a back-to-back.

The result was predictable. The Thunder pulled away in the second half and cruised to a 111-92 victory, their seventh in a row, inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook had 29.

"It's not their full complement of players, and I think we continued to evolve and get better," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "I think we can hopefully learn and get better from this game. I still think, for us, it's about getting more consistent all the way through.

"For our team, I've seen steady growth and I'd like to continue to see that. They have gotten better and we want to keep getting better."

Donovan said he wasn't even considering resting his starters even after learning San Antonio was planning on it.

"Just because San Antonio made a decision that's best for them, we (don't) have to do the same thing here," Donovan said. "It has nothing to do with who we're playing. It's about what's best for us. If we need to do that, we'll do that. I never thought we should have rested our guys today."   Continued...

Mar 26, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons (17) drives to the basket agains tOklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson (21) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports