Splitter helps Spurs snap Thunder’s 5-game streak
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The San Antonio Spurs rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a balanced performance against one of the NBA’s best teams.
This was one satisfying victory.
Tiago Splitter had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and host San Antonio snapped Oklahoma City’s five-game winning streak with a 105-93 victory Monday night.
‘‘I think everybody played well,’’ Splitter said. ‘‘I was one of them. You play well and you feel better. You want to play well against these kinds of teams, these playoff teams. Of course, we've got to stay humble. It’s one more game.’’
Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points, Danny Green had 16, and Tim Duncan finished with 13 as San Antonio (49-15) maintained the Western Conference’s top record. Manu Ginobili had 12 points and Boris Diaw added 11 as the Spurs’ reserves outscored their counterparts, 34-16.
‘‘We had a lot of great play from the bench,’’ Duncan said. ‘‘That second squad came in there and kind of changed the tempo and took control of the game.’’
Kevin Durant had 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 for the Thunder (47-17), who have lost six straight in San Antonio. Serge Ibaka was the only other player in double figures, adding 13 points and 16 rebounds.
San Antonio’s defense was the difference, turning an evenly matched battle into its third victory in four games without Tony Parker. The All-Star point guard is going to miss another three weeks because of a sprained left ankle.
The Spurs lost, 136-106, to Portland Friday night, with the Trail Blazers setting a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center and handing the Spurs their second-worst home loss ever.
A couple days later, it was a much different story for San Antonio.
Oklahoma City had only two baskets in the opening 10 minutes of the fourth, but was 11 for 12 on free throws. The Thunder went 4 for 20 from the field in the final period.
Nuggets 108, Suns 93 — Kosta Koufos scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting, mostly from point-blank range, and visiting Denver ran its winning streak to nine games.
Corey Brewer added 20 points and Ty Lawson 19 as the Nuggets matched their longest winning streak of the season.
Denver dominated points in the paint, 74-32, including an assortment of soaring dunks.
Warriors 92, Knicks 63 — Stephen Curry scored 26 points, Klay Thompson added 23, and David Lee had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists as host Golden State held New York to 9 points in the fourth quarter in a blowout victory. The Knicks shot just 27.4 percent (20 of 73) from the field.
76ers 106, Nets 97 — Spencer Hawes had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 15 points and 11 assists, and Philadelphia posted a home victory to snap a five-game losing streak. Hawes set a season high for points and also had seven assists.
Deron Williams had 27 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who had won three in a row.
Jazz 103, Pistons 90 — Mo Williams scored 20 points, Al Jefferson had 16, and host Utah snapped a four-game losing streak.
Reserves Marvin Williams and Enes Kanter added 14 points apiece for the Jazz (33-31), who moved into a tie with the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Utah had dropped seven of eight overall.