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Gilgeous-Alexander, Adams lead Thunder past Spurs

/ 05:29 PM February 24, 2020
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San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) reach for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was surly, even by his standards, during his postgame media session.

It was easy to see why.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Steven Adams added 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Spurs 131-103. It was Oklahoma City’s largest victory margin ever against San Antonio.

Popovich interrupted reporters mid question and gave terse answers. About a minute into the session, Popovich asked, “Are there any other questions that are going to amaze me, because I’ve got to talk to my boss.”

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There were no further questions.

Luguentz Dort, a rookie who is on a two-way contract, scored 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting for Oklahoma City. Chris Paul added 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Thunder win for the 12th time in 15 games. Eight Oklahoma City players scored in double figures — a first for the team since moving from Seattle in 2008. The Thunder had seven players in double figures on Friday in a win over Denver.

“We are playing unselfishly, and that’s what Coach (Billy Donovan) is telling us to do,” Thunder guard Dennis Schroder said. “Just moving the ball, and people had great shots or (sometimes) good shots, you know, then passing the ball for a great shot. It’s just amazing to see.”

The Spurs shot just 37% from the field. Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Marco Belinelli added 13. DeMar DeRozan was held to 11 points and LaMarcus Aldridge scored just eight — both well below their averages.

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