SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and made a spectacular block on a would-be Kevin Durant dunk late in the fourth quarter, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Ginobili’s crucial block in the final minutes helped stop Durant’s streak of scoring 25 points or more at 29 games. Durant had 21 points and 12 rebounds in his first game with fewer than 25 points since Dec. 19.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who finished on a 10-2 run after it was tied at 85 with under four minutes left.
No play was bigger in that stretch than Ginobili’s block.
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With the Thunder trailing by one with just under 3 minutes remaining, Durant corralled the ball after a Spurs miss and raced down the court for what most everyone expected would be an easy fast-break dunk.
But Ginobili flew in from left side just as Durant elevated, stuffing the ball and sending Durant crashing down on the baseline.
One minute later, Ginobili hit his fourth 3-pointer to put San Antonio ahead by five. Durant missed all four shots he took in the fourth, including a 3-pointer in the final minute that ended any hope of a comeback.
Jeff Green had 19 points for the Thunder.