|(NBA) Thunder beat Spurs, lead in Western Conf
NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant netted 36 points and Reggie Jackson added 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday as Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 111-105.
The victory, Oklahoma City's fifth in a row, lifted the Thunder to the best record in the Western Conference at 33-10, moving past the host Spurs, who fell to 32-10 and 0-3 against the Thunder this season, AFP reports.
"We're just trying to get better in every game we play,'' said Durant. ''We're trying to play hard every time we step on the court. We got stops when we needed to. We got a good win.''
Durant added seven rebounds and five assists for the Thunder in addition to topping 30 points for his ninth game in a row.
Jackson scored 11 consecutive Oklahoma City points at one stretch in the fourth quarter to help the visitors seize a 94-89 lead.
Durant, who missed four of his first five shots in the fourth quarter, sank an alley-oop layup followed by a 3-pointer and Spain's Serge Ibaka followed with a steal and slam dunk for a 105-96 Oklahoma City edge.
Frenchman Tony Parker sank two baskets and Argentina's Manu Ginobili hit a 3-pointer to pull the Spurs within 108-103. But San Antonio came no closer.
Ibaka scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Thunder.
Parker led the Spurs with 37 points while Tim Duncan and French reserve Boris Diaw added 14 points each, Italy's Marco Belinelli added 13 and Ginobili had 10. Duncan grabbed 13 rebounds.