By Tristan Winkelman
After missing the past three games with a right calf injury, starting center Steven Adams returned to the lineup Friday night. Adams didn’t see a minute restriction, as he played 35 minutes. Averaging 12.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in 11 games this season, Adams had his typical night, posting 16 points and 8 rebounds.
No lead is safe
Playing with the lead has been something that coach Billy Donovan has tried to get his team to do. Before this game, the Thunder (7-8) have lost four games after leading by double-digits at one point in the game. OKC held a 43-20 lead with 9:38 left in the second quarter. The Danny Green-led Spurs answered with a bevy of 3-pointers to climb back into the game. A 16-4 run to end the half cut the deficit to seven at the break, and the Spurs remained hot in the second half knocking down 3-point shot after 3-point shot. San Antonio never looked back after grabbing the lead at the start of the fourth quarter, squeaking out a 104-101 victory.
Westbrook struggles mightly
Although Westbrook, a former MVP, was only an assist and a rebound shy of a triple-double, Russell Westbrook struggled mightily. Shooting 5-of-22, Westbrook had one of his worst shooting nights of the season. After starting the night strong, Russ finished 2-of-14 from the floor from the second quarter on. Taking poor shots, Westbrook was frustrated most of the night finishing with only 15 points. It appears that he is still trying to acclimate to having two other all-star teammates alongside him.