Clash of the New Zealand connections in NBA

MARC HINTON
Last updated 19:47 28/11/2013
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IMPRESSIVE: Steven Adams has been doing well since joining the NBA.

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In an NBA clash with a historic Kiwi theme, Steven Adams and his in-form Oklahoma City Thunder team have snapped an 11-game winning streak by Sean Marks' San Antonio Spurs.

The 10-3 Thunder made a serious statement about their Western Conference title credentials with a 94-88 home victory that prevented the now 13-2 Spurs from posting their best start to a season in NBA history.  

Critics later hailed it the most significant victory of the still fledgling campaign by the Oklahoma franchise.

The Thunder did it on a relatively quiet night by their superstar duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant notched 24 points and 13 rebounds, but went just 10-of-23 from the floor, while Westbrook made only two-of-16 shots for just six points. 

OKC got 23 points from backup point guard Reggie Jackson (10/14 FG), 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks from Serge Ibaka and an efficient 12 points off the bench from Jeremy Lamb (5/7 FG, 2/3 3PT).

Kiwi rookie Adams played a tidy first half (two points, three rebounds in 11 minutes) for OKC but sat all but the final minute of the second half. New Zealand NBA pioneer Sean Marks is an assistant coach with the Spurs who are looking to make a second straight trip to the Finals.

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