OKC move over .500 for the first time this season with win in Miami…
The San Antonio Spurs continued to regain their winning form on Tuesday night with Kawhi Leonard leading them to a comfortable win over the Denver Nuggets.
Leonard had 17 points and 15 rebounds while point guard Tony Parker added 18 points as the Spurs won their fourth in a row to improve to 27-16 for the season.
“We were missing some players; still, we didn’t like what we were seeing,” Manu Ginobili said of a three-week stretch in December in which the Spurs lost nine of 14 games.
“We didn’t play well enough so we worked on it. Don’t believe we’ve fixed the issues; it’s a process. We’ve won four in a row but it doesn’t mean we’re good to go now.”
Tim Duncan added 16 points to help the Spurs beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight game, but more importantly for coach Gregg Popovich, he will have seen his team continue to find their rhythm and get back into a winning groove ahead of the All-Star break.
The Oklahoma City Thunder also secured a win on Tuesday with their victory over the Miami Heat moving them over .500 for the first time this season.
Kevin Durant posted 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the charge while Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 10 rebounds.
OKC are 13-5 with Durant in the line-up and have now won 18 of their past 26 as they continue to chase down the Phoenix Suns for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Dwyane Wade scored 18 points while Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami who are now 7-13 at home this season as they slip to 18-23 for the season overall.
Oklahoma City Thunder 94-86 Miami Heat
San Antonio Spurs 109-99 Denver Nuggets