Donovan wins NBA coaching debut, Thunder beat Spurs 112-106
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists to help Billy Donovan win his NBA coaching debut as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 112-106 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points in his first regular-season game since February. He made just 6 of 19 field goals, but hit two critical free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining to put the Thunder in control.
Enes Kanter had 15 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for the Thunder.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and five rebounds in his debut with San Antonio after nine years with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Manu Ginobili scored 11 points and Tony Parker added 10 for San Antonio.
Westbrook found Durant for a 3-pointer with just more than four minutes remaining to put the Thunder up 99-97. It was Westbrook’s 10th assist.
After Parker put the Spurs up two, back-to-back baskets by Dion Waiters put the Thunder ahead by two. A 3-pointer by Durant with 54.2 seconds to play put Oklahoma City up by five.
Leonard scored, was fouled and made the free throw with 42 seconds left to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to two, and Westbrook missed a jumper to give San Antonio a chance to tie or win.
Danny Green’s wild, off-balance 3-pointer was blocked by Steven Adams, and the Thunder gained possession. Durant made the free throws to put the game out of reach.