OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 and the Oklahoma City Thunder stretched their winning streak to seven with a 111-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder, who had won their past six games by an average margin of more than 16 points, took advantage of the Spurs resting four of its five regular starters.
Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker didn’t suit up for San Antonio. Neither did sixth man Manu Ginobili.
In their absence, David West and Jonathon Simmons each had 17 points to lead the Spurs.
The Thunder used their regular lineup and after a sluggish first half eventually got going.
Oklahoma City went on a 8-0 run midway through the third quarter to open a 13-point lead with 4:05 left in the quarter. The Thunder eventually outscored the Spurs 35-19 in the quarter — the most points given up by the Spurs in a quarter this season.
Both teams are virtually locked into their playoff positions in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City will likely be the No. 3 seed and San Antonio figures to be No. 2 behind Golden State, leaving Saturday’s matchup without much of a dramatic feel.
That appeared to be the case for the Thunder after they trailed in the first quarter and led just 48-44 at halftime.
All five Thunder starters were still in the game with four minutes to play and the Thunder ahead by 16.
Westbrook finished the first half with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and Durant had 13 points and seven rebounds before the break.
Durant scored more than 20 points for the 58th game in a row. He’s the first player since 2006 (Kobe Bryant) to have a streak that long. He was 13 of 20 from the field and made 5 of 7 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds.
NOTES: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich held out starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard. The starting five consisted of Danny Green and Patty Mills in the backcourt, and Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic in the frontcourt. … The Spurs have essentially locked up the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Asked if he was concerned about his bench players getting into a rhythm, Popovich replied succinctly, “Yes.” … Meanwhile, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said playing against non-regulars from the Spurs presents a challenge. “We’ll probably never play a Spurs’ team that will look like this. There will be a lot of differences out there.” … Donovan said F Kyle Singler, who has missed the past three games with lower back soreness was available Saturday. … Oklahoma City SF Kevin Durant and PG Russell Westbrook entered Saturday as the highest-scoring duo in the NBA. They are combining for 51.4 points per game. … This was the third meeting between San Antonio and Oklahoma City this season. The Spurs will play their final home game of the season against the Thunder on April 12.