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April 5, 2013

Fisher comes off the bench to spark Thunder’s offense during pivotal win

OKLAHOMA CITY — Derek Fisher has been in a shooting slump since he arrived in Oklahoma City. In 17 games he was averaging only three points a game.

With San Antonio in town Thursday night, Fisher found the fountain of youth. He came off the bench to score 17 points to help the Thunder hand the Spurs a 100-88 defeat at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"We never worry about Fish," Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant said. "Even though he was missing some shots, we were going to keep going to him and give him confidence. And tonight he came through for us big. On the offensive end he was hitting shots, spacing the floor and being aggressive. That's what we need from him."

The win ties the season series at 2-2 and cuts San Antonio's lead for the top spot in the Western Conference down to half a game with seven games remaining.

"It was a good win," Russell westbrook said. "We are in a good position right now. We just need to get ready for tomorrow night."

After trailing by 20, the Spurs (55-20) fought their way back and had a chance to steal the contest on the road.

They cut the Thunder's lead to three points with 4:41 left in the game. Westbrook responded with a pair of free throws to push lead back to five.

Oklahoma City (56-20) got consecutive defensive stops before Durant made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Thunder a 94-86 advantage with 3:14 remaining.

After the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard hit a pair of free throws, Serge Ibaka took an assist from Durant for an easy layup. San Antonio then had had two opportunities to answer, but Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter's shots were off the mark. Westbrook put the game away with a jumper from the free throw line and the Spurs never threatened again.

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