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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The shots werent falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their most impressive win of the season. Jerseys From China . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. Jackson scored eight straight points for the Thunder during a surge early in the fourth quarter that put Oklahoma City ahead by 11 points. The Spurs rallied within three points before Jackson and Durant combined to score the Thunders final 13 points and put the game away. "We couldnt guard (Jackson) tonight," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "He really helped them. He was basically the difference in the game. He did a great job." Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which is 7-0 at home, the franchises best home start since 2004-05, when it was in Seattle. The Thunder have won five straight, their longest streak of the season. The Thunder took control of a tight game with an 8-0 run in the third quarter and withstood a run by San Antonio midway through the fourth. "I just attacked gaps and shots went down for all of us," Jackson said. "We just kept trying to get in the lane and make the passes for the next man and just keep attacking the bigs off pick-and-rolls. . I think we as a team, we did it pretty successfully tonight, but it all started defensively." Tony Parker had 16 points and seven assists for San Antonio (13-2), which was seeking the best start in franchise history. The Spurs also started 13-1 during the 2010-11 season. Portland, which entered Wednesday on an 11-game winning streak, is the only other team to have beaten San Antonio this season. During their previous eight games, the Spurs had beaten opponents by an average of 19.1 points, with all those wins by nine or more points. But fellow Western Conference power Oklahoma City (10-3) represented a step up in competition, and the Spurs lost for the third straight time at Chesapeake Energy Arena. San Antonio shot 39.1 per cent from the field and went 7 of 27 (25.9 per cent) from 3-point range. The latter number particularly irked Popovich, who said his team didnt attack the basket as much as hed like. "I thought a pretty good percentage of ours tonight were hurried or frenetic at times," Popovich said. "I didnt like our selection." Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks agreed with Popovich that the majority of the Spurs 3-point attempts benefited the Thunder. "I thought our defence was outstanding," Brooks said. "I think in the last three or four games weve put a string of defensive efforts and defensive performances together we can continue to build on. "Going into this game theyd won 11 in a row and were the hottest team in basketball and with the way they score theyre a hard team to guard. I thought our guys did a good job with our length making them miss shots and I thought defence was the key tonight." Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot 6 of 24 in the first half -- 1 of 9 from 3-point range -- and the Spurs led 46-43 at halftime. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard went 6 of 12 from the field and had 13 first-half points for San Antonio. With usual stalwarts Durant and Westbrook struggling, Ibaka picked up the slack early in the third quarter, scoring 10 straight points for Oklahoma City coming out of halftime. That seemed to wake up the Thunder and they went on an 8-0 run to take their largest lead to that point at 59-52 on a dunk by Durant at the 5:08 mark. Lamb hit a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer in the final 1:35 of the third quarter to extend the lead to 68-59 and Jacksons driving layup gave the Thunder a 78-67 lead with 8:47 left. It was the first double-digit advantage for either team. That was Oklahoma Citys last field goal for more than 4 1/2 minutes, allowing the Spurs to gain ground. Marco Belinellis basket with 6:46 left pulled San Antonio within 79-76 but then the Spurs went cold as well, missing their next four shots. Ibakas putback with 4:12 left ended the Thunders drought and Jackson followed with an 11-foot jumper to make it 83-77. Durant, who finished 10 of 23 from the field, then grabbed the rebound after a miss by Leonard and drove the length of the court for a basket while being fouled. He made the free throw to put Oklahoma City ahead 86-77 with 2:56 left. Jackson "was aggressive all night getting to the rim," Durant said. "Thats what he does. Nobody can stay in front of him. . He gave us a nice spark and those guys, him and Jeremy, Fish (Derek Fisher), those guys are really the reason we won the basketball game." NOTES: Before the game, Popovich and Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti chatted briefly outside the Spurs locker room. Presti was an assistant GM with the Spurs before taking the same job with the Thunder franchise in 2007. . Referee Monty McCutchen called Oklahoma City G Derek Fisher for three fouls on one San Antonio second-quarter possession. After an illegal screen call on the Spurs to end the possession, Fisher told McCutchen, "Thats terrible." McCutchen responded, "Dont talk to me." NFL Jerseys China . After 21 games, Raymond has not only proven to be one of the Leafs biggest surprises but also one of their top players. He joined TSN 1050 on Wednesday to talk about his hot start and the mindset he has playing without the security of a long-term deal. Cheap Jerseys From China .com) - No. 3 Arizona had won 39 consecutive non- conference games in the regular season, the longest active streak in Division I mens basketball. TORONTO -- Drew MacIntyre watched Jonathan Bernier from the corner of the ice as the Toronto Maple Leafs No. 1 goaltender took shots and tested his injured groin. From that spot, it looked like Bernier was making progress in his first on-ice workout since suffering the injury Thursday in Los Angeles. "When you go down in that butterfly, it doesnt feel good," MacIntyre said. "If it doesnt hurt when hes going down in the butterfly, then thats a good sign, and it didnt look like he was." Bernier did side-to-side and up-and-down movements and also took some shots in his 25 minutes on the ice at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday. The 25-year-old was not made available to reporters after an optional morning skate that included him, MacIntyre and four skaters. Coach Randy Carlyle was not on the ice and also was not made available to speak to reporters. That meant there was nothing in the way of an update on Bernier, who took himself out of Thursdays game against the Kings and has not played since. James Reimer, who relieved Bernier in that game and started in losses at Washington andd Detroit, was expected to start Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cheap MLB Jerseys. Reimer did not take part in the skate, and MacIntyre all but confirmed this wouldnt be his long-awaited first career NHL start. "James isnt here and I did a lot of drills," the 30-year-old minor-league journeyman said. "I guess thats probably a good inkling." If Reimer does indeed get the nod, it would mark the first time a Leafs goalie started on back-to-back nights this season. The previous 14 times, Carlyle split those games between Reimer and Bernier. Thats not a luxury he has this time around because the Leafs are being careful with Bernier. A source told The Canadian Press on Friday that the injury was not considered very serious, but given the nature of groin injuries, the team is taking precautions. MacIntyre, who said he missed a full season at the start of his pro career with hernias that were causing groin problems, understands how bad injuries like this can be for a goalie. "Its one of the worst. Its so aggravating," he said. "Its very frustrating." Cheap China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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