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Thunder Game Day #75: vs. San Antonio Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder (43-31, 27-10 home) vs. San Antonio Spurs (57-17, 28-9 away)
Friday, March 31 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

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TV: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 720 HD , 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 2½-point underdog. O/U is 208½
Notes: Thunder: here | Spurs: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • As the MVP race tightens, Russell Westbrook will look to make a showing on the national stage against the San Antonio Spurs tonight on ESPN.
  • Oklahoma City and ESPN split the first two meetings, this will be the rubber match for the regular season series.
  • Oklahoma City is 8-2 in their last 10 games and it’s no coincidence Taj Gibson has been starting the entire time.
  • San Antonio has the second best record in the NBA.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).
  • Oklahoma City and San Antonio will be on ESPN for those not in the OKC area.

WIN OVER MAVS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recap
  • Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 21 points but saw another magnificent Thunder come back.
  • Russell Westbrook scored 14 total in fourth quarter as he finished with his fourth consecutive triple-double, his 38th this season.
  • Enes Kanter scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as he dominated the post for the THunder.
  • The Thunder outscored the magic 23-12 on the break.

SCOUTING THE SPURS

  • The San Antonio Spurs are 57-17 on the season, second in the Western Conference.
  • The Spurs are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • San Antonio lost to the Warriors on Wednesday night 110-98.
  • Oklahoma City and the Spurs have split the first two meetings in the regular season.
  • Oklahoma City is 14-17 all-time vs. San Antonio in the Oklahoma City era.
  • The Thunder are 9-7 all-time at home vs. the Spurs.
  • San Antonio is relatively healthy.
  • Oklahoma City has won seven of their last eight at home vs. San Antonio, including three in a row.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over San Antonio came on Dec. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 107-93 (14-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (39 points) vs. San Antonio occurred during a 91-130 loss on march 25, 2015.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 75 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 22 of the 75 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.
  • Westbrook is fifth all-time in triple-doubles.

ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST

Rank Name Triple-doubles
1 Oscar Robertson 181
2 Magic Johnson 138
3 Jason Kidd 108
4 Russell Westbrook 79

WESTBROOK TRIPLE-DOUBLE CAREER LIST

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INJURY REPORT

  • Taj Gibson (illness) is probable for tonight.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City says hello to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.
  • The Hornets are 34-41 on the season, 11th in the East.
  • Charlotte is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • The Hornets beat the Thunder 123-112 on Jan. 4.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Hit the three

The Thunder are only hitting 30 percent of threes at home when they lose. They hit 36 percent from beyond the arc when they’re winning. It’s imperative the Thunder find the stroke and nail some threes tonight. If they go 4-of-21 again, this could be a bad night.

Make your free throws

Oklahoma City ranks 23rd in free throw shooting at 74.7 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. When they were winning games, Oklahoma City makes only 72 percent of their tries in March. Oklahoma City has done a better job this month to improve at the charity stripe.

Take care of the ball

Giving the Spurs an opportunity to have a lot more chances than the Thunder is a part of the recipe for a loss. Oklahoma City had a lot of turnovers in their first meeting. They’ve found a combination that works as they’re marching toward the playoffs.

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