The comeback kids: Thunder over Spurs 109-103

This is becoming extremely repetitive for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Once again, they fought back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the San Antonio Spurs for their fourth-straight win, 109-103.

The supposed plan of a rebuild is turning out to be a better year than the last when the Thunder featured two perennial all-stars. Team basketball and a balanced attack are to thank for that.

OKC’s three-headed monster, their three guards Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schröder were proven beneficial once again in the second half and especially in crunch time.

BOX SCORE

The first half was poor. OKC trailed by as many as 14 points and San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge hit three triples in the first half. It seemed like the Spurs’ home dominance over the Thunder would continue.

However, like clockwork, the second-half game plan by Billy Donovan was spectacular. Shai scored 15 points in the third quarter which helped bring OKC back into this game. CP3 elevated his level of play in the fourth quarter with 10 points, and Schröder was a constant nuisance on defense and a reliable scorer throughout the game.

The contributions from Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari, and Darius Bazley can’t go unnoticed, either. The three combined for 36 points.

The Thunder have now won 8-of-9 games and have 19 wins on the season and play a (10-24) Cleveland Cavaliers team on Saturday, followed by a game in Philly and Brooklyn to round out their four-game road trip.

Addam M. Francisco

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

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