Visiting Spurs pull away from Thunder

Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-102 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

It was the second consecutive big scoring game for Walker, who picked up some of the scoring vacated by the absence of DeMar DeRozan at the end of the road trip.

DeRozan missed his second consecutive game for personal reasons, caring for his father.

Walker has had two of his top three scoring games in the last two, after scoring 25 in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota.

Against the Thunder, Walker and Dejounte Murray each scored 10 in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs hold on.

The Spurs finished their five-game road trip 4-1, including wins over the Lakers and Clippers.

Playing without DeRozan again, the Spurs used defense to fuel their offense.

San Antonio forced 13 Thunder turnovers, converting them into 26 points on the other end while Oklahoma City managed just two points off four Spurs turnovers.

The Spurs took control initially in the second quarter, finishing with a 15-7 run over the final six minutes plus.

Oklahoma City was just 2 of 10 from the floor with a pair of turnovers during that stretch.

The Thunder hung in the game with offense — and free-throw shooting — late but after cutting it to four, 100-96, with a little more than three minutes to go, Oklahoma City couldn’t get a stop to pull any closer and then the Spurs hit free throws in the closing moments to stretch the lead once more.

Six Spurs scored in double figures with Keldon Johnson adding 18 and Patty Mills 17. LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 20 points, going 7 of 10 from the field while Hamidou Diallo added 16 off the bench.

The Thunder, playing at home for the first time since Dec. 31, fell to 0-4 in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is 5-1 on the road.


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