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Old 03-17-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy Durant leads Thunder past Spurs, ruins Popovich's 1,000th

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Kevin Durant dunks over Tim Duncan for two of his 25 points in Oklahoma City's 78-76 victory over San Antonio.


By Sue Ogrocki, AP
Kevin Durant dunks over Tim Duncan for two of his 25 points in Oklahoma City's 78-76 victory over San Antonio.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gregg Popovich didn't coach 1,000 games in the NBA without having a few leads slip away on him.

Courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he can add another to that list.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Thabo Sefolosha added 12 and the Thunder spoiled Popovich's 1,000th game as San Antonio's coach by overcoming an early 17-point deficit to beat the Spurs 78-76 on Monday night.

San Antonio built its big lead in the opening 10 minutes, but that did nothing to secure a successful finish as Popovich became only the 24th coach to reach 1,000 NBA games.

"Oftentimes, it's a coach's worst nightmare," Popovich said. "We've all had the leads. We've all lost them because it's a game. It's 48 minutes long. There are a lot of possessions. It can happen and it does happen often."

The Thunder didn't lead until midway through the fourth quarter, but kept San Antonio to its season low in scoring and escaped when Tony Parker missed a three-pointer from the left side in the closing seconds.

Popovich could only shrug with his palms of his hands pointed toward the sky as the clock struck zero.

"It's called basketball," Popovich said. "It's a basketball game. It happens all the time."


Parker scored 28 points to lead San Antonio, and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Bonner added 10 points.

Oklahoma City won for the fourth straight time at home.

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Damn! It really bugs me how we are able to walk into Houston and win, but can't walk into Oklahoma and win. Sometimes, the Spurs are so inconsistent with their Road Games.
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Damn! It really bugs me how we are able to walk into Houston and win, but can't walk into Oklahoma and win. Sometimes, the Spurs are so inconsistent with their Road Games.

Yeah sometimes you think YaY there they go!!! Bring on the Lakers...

then it's like damn... bring on the lottery.

Damn spurs.
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