The race to claim a spot in the NBA playoffs continues, but the Spurs take another step back after a 104-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
Without the presence of their star Kawhi Leonard, Spurs fans looked to LaMarcus Aldridge to set the pace for the team, but Thunder star and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook took control of the game with high energy and led the Thunder with 21 points notching his 98th career triple-double paired with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge ended the night with 11 points and 7 rebounds, but the Spurs’ turnovers and fouls given to OKC hurt them in the end. Thunder shot 66.7 percent from the free throw line compared to the Spurs’ 57.1 percent, and San Antonio faced a 20-point deficit with a little over five minutes remaining in the game.
Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans snagged 14 points a piece where Bertans went 3-5 from 3-point range and 4-6 from the field.
The Spurs have now lost 10-13 since the beginning of February and will have to have a resurgence fast if they want to keep their hopes of securing a spot in the NBA finals alive. The team will be on the road in Houston to take on the Rockets on Monday night before returning to San Antonio for a four-game home stretch. The Spurs fall to 37-29 and 14-21 on the road.
Watch here to see what Coach Pop, Tony Parker, Dejounte Murray and LaMarcus Aldridge had to say about the 10-point loss to the Thunder tonight:
Full Gregg Popovich postgame interview: