Kawhi misses fourth quarter as Westbrook leads OKC victory

Kawhi misses fourth quarter as Westbrook leads OKC victory

Kawhi misses fourth quarter as Westbrook leads OKC victory

Russell Westbrook seized an early lead in the NBA's MVP race this season with his pursuit of a triple-double average, but a number of challengers have seize his position as favorite for various stretches of the year.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon (3) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook put up 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in 35 minutes to lead OKC to victory and stop San Antonio's nine-game winning streak.

It also extended the National Basketball Association record for consecutive 50-win seasons to six more than the previous mark of the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers' 12. The only player with more in a season happens to be the one and only, Oscar Robertson, who notched 41 during his 1961-62 season.

Up next for the Spurs - a home game on Saturday against the league leading Golden State Warriors.

Following the loss, Popovich was asked about Leonard not going back into the game, and took a few moments to make a point. Instead of letting the slump get the best of them, they came out blazing hot, outscoring their opponent in the first quarter 37-15.

It's James' 50th career triple-double, making him only the seventh player to reach that milestone.

Yes, they had just come off a 28-point comeback without him the night before, but that was against the Sacramento Kings. Webber is an astute analyst and he did point out that the Thunder are good at home and awful on the road, a fact upheld by this game.

Along with Leonard, Gasol carried the Spurs in the second half. Also, tonight's victory breathes renewed life into Russell Westbrook's waning MVP hopes. With Kawhi out, the offense was stagnant and looked in a disarray after he left in the third. They'd left starting point guard Tony Parker out of the active roster, as well as sixth man Manu Ginobili. Forward David Lee got the start in place of Aldridge and recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was second in field goal percentage and defensive win shares. The team beat the Houston Rockets 112-110 on Monday night with the help of Kawhi Leonard, who scored highest points to their win game lastly.

The Thunder's next game is at home against the Utah Jazz on Sunday (NZT).

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