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    Walker leads balanced attack as Spurs clip Thunder for 2,200th win since 1976

    Jan 13, 2021
    Lonnie Walker IV tries to get a shot up against Darius Bazley.
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    OKLAHOMA CITY — Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 points and San Antonio beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-102 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time), allowing the Spurs to finish a five-game trip with four wins.

    Keldon Johnson added 18 points for the Spurs, who won their 2,200th game since joining the NBA in 1976. The Spurs committed a season-low four turnovers.

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 20 points while Hamidou Diallo scored 16. The Thunder are 0-4 this season at Chesapeake Energy Arena but 5-1 on the road. Oklahoma City's next three games are at home.

    The Spurs led 51-43 at halftime before Oklahoma City started the third quarter on an 11-3 run to tie the game. Walker and Trey Lyles each hit a 3-pointer to rebuild the Spurs' lead to 62-55 and they never trailed again.

    A 3-pointer by Patty Mills, who scored 17 points, gave San Antonio its largest lead at 85-75 with 10:49 left. The Thunder closed within four points several times after that, the last at 104-100 with 2:25 left, but missed a chance to draw closer when Al Horford missed a 3-point attempt. The Spurs hit all six of their free throws in the final minute.

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    Thunder: Oklahoma City entered the game averaging 13.6 3-pointers per game but went 7 of 26 from behind the arc. ... Gilgeous-Alexander fell a rebound shy of his second double-double of the season.

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    Spurs: Host the Houston Rockets for a pair of games on Thursday and Saturday.

    Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday as part of a four-game homestand.
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    Lonnie Walker IV tries to get a shot up against Darius Bazley.
    PHOTO: AP
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