Thunder finally get over .500 mark
MIAMI — Just about every statistic was what the Miami Heat would have wanted.
They kept Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook off the foul line for the most part, watched Oklahoma City's two stars combine to miss every 3-pointer they tried, limited both to under 20 points and held the Thunder far below their typical scoring output of late.
And even that wasn't enough.
Durant and Westbrook both scored 19 points and the Thunder beat the Heat 94-86 on Tuesday night — the win putting Oklahoma City over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
"We did a great job of keeping our composure, just playing through the defense," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
The stats that doomed the Heat: A 21-11 difference in turnovers, a 22-9 disparity in points off turnovers, and the Thunder getting up 92 shots to Miami's 68.
"To leave a real competitive defensive game like that on the table is pretty disappointing," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Westbrook grabbed 10 rebounds, Durant added eight rebounds and eight assists, Reggie Jackson scored 16 points and Anthony Morrow added 12 for Oklahoma City — who were nine games under .500 in late November, when Durant was still sidelined with a broken foot.
The Thunder are 13-5 with Durant in the lineup, and now winners of 18 of their last 26 — but Durant said getting over the .500 mark meant "nothing."
"We have to keep pushing," Durant said. "We're not worried about it. We didn't come in here and rejoice because we're over .500."
Dwyane Wade scored 18 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami, which fell to 7-13 at home.
Durant was 0 for 8 from 3-point range — matching the second-worst showing of his career — and the Thunder got to the foul line only 10 times, less than half their team average coming into the night.
SPURS 109, NUGGETS 99: At Denver, Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and 15 rebounds in another strong outing since returning from a hand injury, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth in a row.
Tony Parker scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 16, all in the second half, to help the Spurs beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight time.
Leonard has been a big part of San Antonio's recent surge, playing for the third time since returning from a bruised hand that had sidelined him for the previous 15 games.
Kenneth Faried had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who lost their fourth straight. Arron Afflalo added 21 points.