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April 5, 2013

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

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

"We just couldn't score through stretches," the Spurs' Tim Duncan said. "We had a good start going into the fourth quarter and then we went however many minutes without a score. We just seemed to get within striking distance but then were not able to get over the hump."

Westbrook led all scorers with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Durant added 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting, nine rebounds and six assists. Fisher was the only bench player to hit double figures as he shot 5 for 7 from behind the arc.

Leonard and Duncan each scored 24 points to pace the Spurs. Leonard also collected 14 rebounds while Duncan hauled in 11. Gary Neal scored 11 while Tony Parker was held to 2 points.

"His leg was bothering him and he just couldn't go," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Parker. "I wish he had told me before the game. When he started out, it looked like he had no energy to start the game. He looked to me like he was limping."

The Thunder were out and running to start the game. Using their defense to force turnovers and get its transition game going, they had the Spurs on their heels.

But it was the re-emergence of Fisher that kick-started Oklahoma City offensive attack. The long time veteran knocked down his first four 3-pointers of the night as the Thunder went up 41-21.

"The energy was great," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "I think our fans thought it was a playoff game. They were so involved in the game from the start. Our guys love playing here. We've got a special place to play. If you don't get excited about playing here, you're in the wrong business."

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