OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mike Muscala scored 20 points in 14 minutes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 99-94 on Sunday night.
The Muscala made 5 of 6 field goals and 7 of 9 free throws in one of the most productive offensive games of his career. The 30-year-old averages 6.0 points per game for his career, which includes stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles with the Lakers and Oklahoma City.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Darius Bazley added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who were coming off a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Keldon Johnson scored 22 points, Lonnie Walker IV added 15 points and Drew Eubanks chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs.
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San Antonio had possession with 22.9 seconds left in regulation, trailing 97-94. Walker missed a deep 3-pointer off the backboard, Oklahoma City rebounded, and Muscala made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to put the game out of reach.
San Antonio led by 16 points in the first half, but Lu Dort’s 3-pointer for Oklahoma City at the halftime buzzer cut the Spurs’ lead to 55-45 at the break.
The Thunder continued the rally in the opening minutes of the second half. Rookie Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s jumper put Oklahoma City up 66-65.
The Thunder led 79-69 at the end of the third quarter. They outscored the Spurs 34-14 in the period, led by nine points from Gilgeous-Alexander. Oklahoma City made 13 of 24 field goals in the third.
San Antonio took an 84-83 lead before Bazley hit a corner 3-pointer, then threw down a nasty one-handed put-back dunk with his elbow at rim level to give the Thunder an 88-84 lead. Oklahoma City led the rest of the way.
Spurs: Scored the game’s first nine points. … Dejounte Murray missed his first six shots and ended up making just 5 of 19. … Eubanks scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first half. … Keita Bates-Diop went down hard in the third quarter and was holding his lower back before leaving the court.
Thunder: Missed their first seven shots. … Shot just 6 for 26 from the field in the first quarter. … Muscala scored 14 points in seven minutes in the first half. He made all four of his field goals, including three 3-pointers. … Held the Spurs to 7-for-26 shooting in the third quarter.
Spurs: Host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Thunder: Visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
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