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Old 03-31-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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San Antonio is the best defensive team in the Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder only appeared to be when they last faced the Spurs.

Struggling to stay near the top of the tightly contested West, San Antonio looks to avenge one of its worst losses of the season when it hosts the Thunder on Tuesday night.

San Antonio (48-25) had a three-game winning streak end with a 90-86 loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, seeing its Southwest Division lead over Houston trimmed to one-half game. Denver also is within a half-game of the Spurs for second place in the West, not to mention Portland, Utah and New Orleans aren't far behind.

Assuming the Nuggets beat the woeful New York Knicks on Tuesday, San Antonio would fall from the No. 2 seed - a spot it's held for most of the second half of the season - if it gets stunned by the Thunder again.

Though the Spurs allow a conference-low 93.0 points per game and Oklahoma City (20-53) gives up an average of 103.0, it was the Thunder who had little trouble stopping San Antonio in a 78-76 win on March 16. It was San Antonio's lowest-scoring game of the season.

Tony Parker was the only consistent offensive threat for the Spurs with 28 points, but he missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and his team finished 3-of-19 from beyond the arc.

"I think our defense just won the game for us. I know the Spurs can attest to that," Thunder forward Kevin Durant said after that victory. "They've won a lot of games defensively, and we can learn from a team like them."

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