San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, right, and forward Boris Diaw talk during the second half of the Spurs' NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 130-91.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists, and the San Antonio Spurs stopped Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak with a runaway 130-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Boris Diaw scored 19 points and Tim Duncan had 16 for San Antonio (44-26), which has won 11 of 13. Kawhi Leonard finished with 14 points in the Spurs’ highest scoring game of the season.
Thunder star Russell Westbrook was held to 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting. He left midway through the third quarter with the Spurs leading by 30.
Westbrook was averaging 32.7 points, 11.2 assists and 9.6 rebounds in his previous 13 games, but the Spurs sent numerous defenders at the MVP candidate to hold him in check.
Westbrook removed a mask he wears after surgery on a fractured cheekbone, rubbing the side of his face and flexing his jaw after taking a blow to the head in a collision with Manu Ginobili in the first quarter. Westbrook later pushed Duncan’s hand aside in frustration when the Spurs forward attempted to catch the point guard as he sailed through the lane after being pushed from behind by Danny Green.
Westbrook and Parker pushed the ball on almost every possession early on, setting a torrid pace.
San Antonio stretched its lead to 44 points in snapping a six-game skid during the regular season to the Thunder. The Spurs scored 71 points in the first half, the most the Thunder have allowed in any half.
Oklahoma City (41-30) had four turnovers in the first six minutes, resulting in 10 of San Antonio’s first 14 points.
Parker had 13 points in the first quarter, going 6 for 8 from the field.
Enes Kanter had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who shot 40 percent from the field, compared to 58 percent for the Spurs.
Thunder: Westbrook received thunderous boos when he was announced in the starting lineup. … C Steven Adams, who returned earlier this month after missing 11 games with a fractured right hand, clutched his hand in pain after landing on it while getting tangled with Duncan. … Oklahoma City has missed a combined 189 games this season due to injuries or illness compared to 133 for San Antonio.
Spurs: San Antonio’s 71 points in the first half was a point shy of tying its season high for the opening half, which it set Dec. 22 against the Clippers. … Parker held his left hand in pain after Dion Waiters slapped down on it while defending him on an attempted layup with 9 minutes left in the third quarter. After returning from a timeout, Parker showed no lingering effects from the blow. … Duncan displayed three fingers while running down the court after making a 3-pointer with 6:33 left in the third quarter. It was the 6-foot-11 forward’s second 3-pointer of the season in seven attempts.