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Den­nis Schroder leads Ok­la­homa Thun­der past San An­to­nio Spurs

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY — Den­nis Schroder broke out of his slump in a ma­jor way.

The re­serve point guard scored all of his 19 points in the sec­ond half to help the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the San An­to­nio Spurs 122-112 on Satur­day night.

Schroder en­tered the night shoot­ing just 32 per­cent from the field in 2019 and av­er­ag­ing just 10.4 points, drop­ping his over­all av­er­age to just over 15 per game. He went 0 for 4 from the field in the first half be­fore go­ing 8 for 13 after the break.

“I just stayed ag­gres­sive,” he said. “I had a tough stretch of games. My team­mates kept giv­ing me con­fi­dence. You know, ‘Keep shoot­ing, keep do­ing you.’ I think I did that tonight in the sec­ond half.”

Even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t find an an­swer.

“Schroder just sliced us and diced us, did a great job get­ting to the rim, scor­ing,” he said. “De­fense let us down a lit­tle bit.”

Rus­sell West­brook had 24 points, 10 re­bounds and seven as­sists, and Paul Ge­orge added 18 points and 11 re­bounds for Ok­la­homa City, which bounced back from a 154-147 dou­ble-over­time loss to the Spurs on Thurs­day.

Ok­la­homa City’s re­serves scored 48 points to help snap a three-game los­ing streak. The Thun­der had seven play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures.

Marco Be­linelli scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points for the Spurs.

LaMar­cus Aldridge, who scored a ca­reer-high 56 points against the Thun­der on Thurs­day, fin­ished this one with 17.

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