Spurs hold off Thunder 122-120 to end 2-game slide | Basketball
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ – Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dejounte Murray had 26 points and 12 assists and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-120 on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid.
Lonnie Walker IV made a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left as San Antonio salvaged a win after losing a 16-point lead.
“I just did what I did best,” said Walker, who had 20 points.
Oklahoma City forward Aleksej Pokusevski had five points in the 2:18 final, including a layup with 4.8 seconds left that took the Thunder to 120-119.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 34 points to lead Oklahoma City.
The Spurs recorded a season-high 19 3-pointers as they handed the Thunder their seventh straight loss.
San Antonio forward Keldon Johnson was 5 for 10 on 3-pointers while scoring 22 points. Josh Richardson added 17 points.
The Spurs are 3-3 going into Friday night’s seven-game home finale against New Orleans.
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Oklahoma City struggled at the buzzer even without Josh Giddey and Derrick Favors in addition to previous season-ending injuries to Luguentz Dort, Mike Muscala and Ty Jerome.
Darius Bazley had 25 points and Pokusevski added 16.
Oklahoma City took their first lead at 109-106 with 8 minutes left on Vit Krejci’s 3-pointer. San Antonio responded with a 6-0 lead before trading the lead in the closing minutes.
Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander played 35 minutes after being listed as questionable with a sore right ankle. Gilgeous-Alexander twisted his ankle Monday against Charlotte. Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said the team will continue to monitor the injury. …Giddey sat down with a sore right hip. … Favors missed the game with lower back pain.
Spurs: San Antonio F Doug McDermott is expected to miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed a Grade 3 right ankle sprain. McDermott was injured Saturday against Indiana. He averaged 11.3 points and shot 42% from 3-point range in his first season with the Spurs after signing as a free agent in the offseason. … Spurs manager Gregg Popovich walked straight to former Spurs star Tony Parker, who was sitting pitchside, shortly after the national anthem. The two hugged and spoke briefly before Popovich took to the bench in preparation for the denunciation. Parker helped the Spurs win four NBA championships during his 17 seasons with the franchise and was named Finals MVP in 2007.
Thunder: In Miami Friday night.
Spurs: Host New Orleans on Friday night.
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