Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game road trip has not been going as planned. They have yet to win a game and are in danger of being handed their sixth straight loss. The Texas team would hope to avoid that as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.
The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 112-111 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss. Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on January 2 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 109-103 loss. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and two blocks while DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Spurs and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 206 times in the past as the Spurs won 114 games while the Thunder were kept to just 92 victories.
San Antonio Spurs:
-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-DeMar DeRozan (back; 23.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 53.4 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
-DeMarre Carroll (2.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 31.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)
Oklahoma City Thunder:
-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
The Spurs would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Thunder shot thirty-five percent. LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up ten points but only connect on three of his eleven shots attempted. He did have eight rebounds and two assists while Dejounte Murray had nine points, which included one three-pointer.
Former Denver Nuggets’ power forward Trey Lyles contributed with six points while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 3 blocks. Bryn Forbes had a three-pointer while Lonnie Walker was kept to just two points. Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped six points.
On the other end of the court, Chris Paul got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers. He also had two rebounds, six assists, one steal, and a block while both Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams scored six points each. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helped out with a three-pointer and a free-throw while grabbing two rebounds. Dennis Schroder played 17 minutes off the bench but only had four points while the Spurs went into halftime with a 49-41 advantage.
The Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Thunder to fifty-five percent. Murray added 16 points to his scoring total while Aldridge helped out with 15 points. Patty Mills and Derrick White combined for 21 points off the bench.
As for the home team, Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 29 points while Gallinari had nine points. Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Spurs who came away with a 114-106 win. LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, a season-high-tying 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had a season-high 31 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.
The San Antonio Spurs will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (35-18) on Friday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the second of three times that these two teams will meet up this season. January 29 was the last time they fought each other as the Jazz fell to the Spurs, 127-120. During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell settled for 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will go to Louisiana to see Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 win. Danilo Gallinari finished that game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.