Donovan shines in coaching debut, Thunder outlast Spurs

OKLAHOMA CITY – Billy Donovan's team executed well in the final minute of his NBA coaching debut.

   Donovan shines in coaching debut, Thunder outlast Spurs
Five-time NBA champion coach Gregg Popovich's squad executed poorly.
Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 112-106 on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila).
''I was extremely satisfied that our folks simply kept their self-control,'' Donovan said. ''They continued doing combating, they continued battling, and I think everybody knew it would have been an amusement that was going to descend that way.''

Kevin Durant missed the vast majority of last season with a broken right foot and scored 22 focuses in his first normal season diversion since February.

Donovan won two national titles as University of Florida mentor. Durant was happy to offer him some assistance with getting his first expert win.

''I know it's one of numerous amusements, yet to get him his first "W," particularly at home on a major stage against a hotshot group felt great,'' Durant said. ''He was quiet throughout the night, and that sort of rubbed off on us.''

Durant made only 6 of 19 field objectives, however hit two basic free tosses with 11.5 seconds staying to put the Thunder in control.

Enes Kanter had 15 focuses and 16 bounce back off the seat for the Thunder.

Kawhi Leonard scored a profession high 32 focuses and snatched eight bounce back for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 focuses and five bounce back in his presentation with San Antonio following nine years with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Manu Ginobili scored 11 focuses and Tony Parker included 10 for San Antonio.

Westbrook discovered Durant for a 3-pointer with only over four minutes staying to put the Thunder up 99-97. It was Westbrook's tenth help, and it offered Durant some assistance with feeling ordinary once more.

''It felt great, man,'' he said. ''I had some in-and-out looks this evening. My looks felt incredible, and to hit that one was huge for our group.''

After Parker put the Spurs up two, consecutive bushel by Dion Waiters put the Thunder ahead by two. A 3-pointer by Westbrook with 54.2 seconds to play put Oklahoma City up by five.

Leonard scored, was fouled and made the free toss with 42 seconds left to slice Oklahoma City's lead to two, and Westbrook missed a jumper to allow San Antonio to tie or win.

Danny Green's wild, cockeyed 3-pointer was obstructed by Steven Adams, and the Thunder picked up ownership. Durant made the free tosses to put the amusement out of compass.

''We committed a few errors discipline-wise, and I thought they were more honed in that great run,'' Popovich said. ''Two or three cautious oversights, a few hostile plays where we were eager. We simply expected to cooperate a tad bit longer.''


Goads: San Antonio's Matt Bonner played for Donovan at Florida. Leonard scored 14 focuses in the first half. Duncan completed with eight focuses and six bounce back in 25 minutes.

Thunder: Oklahoma's lineup of Durant, Westbrook, Adams, Serge Ibaka and Andre Robersonstarted together surprisingly since Feb. 8. Westbrook scored 12 focuses in the first quarter and 19 in the first half. Westbrook, who found the middle value of 7.3 bounce back per diversion a year ago, didn't get his first board until the last moment of the second from last quarter.

SUBSTITUTION: San Antonio's Ginobili was not in the diversion for the arrangement that finished with Green's errant shot.

Detail LINES: Ibaka, who missed the last month of last season after knee surgery, completed with 10 focuses and five bounce back. He made 4 of 9 shots.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: Popovich, on Leonard: ''He's done that the entire preseason, and he's sort of transformed into that through his vocation. He's a certain player now and has taken a shot at his amusement constantly and truly it's the first year he's been entire from the earliest starting point. He wasn't hurt amid the late spring. He wasn't hurt in preseason. Consistently in this way, that has been his circumstance. He's arrived.''

UP NEXT: San Antonio has Brooklyn while Oklahoma City plays at Orlando both on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
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