Bonner helps Spurs race past Thunder 117-104

AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Matt Bonner scored 21 points and just missed the Spurs franchise record by hitting all seven of his 3-point shots, helping San Antonio stretch its winning streak to seven games with a 117-104 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Bonner swished home three of his 3s during a 21-8 run to open the fourth quarter, and the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team went 6-for-8 from behind the arc to pull away in the final period.

Bonner led the way, falling one shy of Steve Smith’s record for 3-point accuracy. He went 8-for-8 from 3-point range against Portland on Nov. 3, 2001.

Tony Parker scored 24 points, Manu Ginobili added 21 and Richard Jefferson had 18 for the Spurs.

Kevin Durant had a season-low 23 points and Russell Westbrook scored 19 for the Thunder.

The Spurs trailed the entire first half and didn’t lead by more than three until Jefferson connected on a 3-pointer from the left corner late in the third quarter to make it 82-78. From there, the 3s kept coming.

Gary Neal and Bonner hit early in the fourth quarter, then Bonner sank another from the right wing and — after Ginobili got into the action — one from the left wing. When the Thunder called timeout to stop the spurt, Tim Duncan greeted Bonner at the bench by tousling his red hair.

The Spurs shot just 41 percent from the field but finished 11-for-20 on 3-pointers, improving on their league-leading 42.7 percent.

Oklahoma City, the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team at 23 percent, simply didn’t have an answer despite efforts by Durant and James Harden.

Harden led a strong effort from the Thunder’s bench with 14 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 points and Eric Maynor had 12.

Jeff Green had 12 points in his return after missing the previous three games with a sprained left ankle, and Nick Collison drew a charge in his season debut after missing the first eight games with a left leg injury.

The Spurs missed nine of their first 10 shots and fell behind by 12 before scoring the final seven points of the first quarter. Bonner hit his first 3-pointer in the final 5 seconds of the first quarter, then hit three more to keep San Antonio within striking distance in the second.

DeJuan Blair scored seven in a row on a tip-in, a steal for a fast-break layup and a three-point play off a putback to tie it at 68 early in the second half but then went to the bench with his fourth foul just a minute later. Jefferson’s three-point play put the Spurs ahead for the first time at 71-70.

Notes: Before Friday night’s win against Portland, the Thunder hadn’t had two players with back-to-back 30-point outings since Dale Ellis and Xavier McDaniel did it in April 1989 when the team in Seattle. … Oklahoma City has sold out its first six games, and 17 in a row dating back to last season. … Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford attended the game. His pupil, Spurs rookie James Anderson, is expected to miss two months with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Updated November 14, 2010