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Thunder knocks off Spurs for second straight win

Oklahoma City shakes off slow start, storms past San Antonio for 99-94 victory

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The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up its third win of the season on Sunday night at Paycom Center, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 99-94.

After surrendering a 14-point lead in the first quarter, Oklahoma City flipped the game’s momentum with a 65-41 run over the middle periods. Mike Muscala led the way with 20 points off the bench, including three three-pointers.

The Thunder (3-6), coming off a win over the Lakers on Thursday, stayed on the attack even as star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got off to a slow start with five points in the first half. SGA scored just 14 total, but still made an impact with a game-high nine assists and eight rebounds.

Muscala spearheaded a strong second quarter with 14 points, leading a 31-27 run before the break. Aleksej Pokusevski added seven points in the first half while Kenrich Williams and Derrick Favors combined for five, rounding out a strong showing from the second unit over the first 24 minutes.

OKC stayed hot out of halftime, scoring 34 points in the third quarter while holding the Spurs (3-7) to just 14.

Gilgeous-Alexander scored nine points in the period while Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored eight. Lu Dort chipped in six and led the team defensively, helping hold San Antonio to 7-for-25 shooting from the field. OKC also owned a 19-6 advantage on the boards.

The Thunder held off a late run to seal the victory.

Robinson-Earl and Darius Bazley combined for 10 points down the stretch as well as five boards from Bazley. Bazley finished with a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds while Robinson-Earl totaled 13 points and four boards.

Oklahoma City looks to make it three straight wins on Wednesday night as they take on a struggling New Orleans Pelicans (1-9) team on the road. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT at Smoothie King Center.