Spurs’ comeback win over Thunder ties for third-largest under Gregg Popovich

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SAN ANTONIO — Even without star forward Kawhi Leonard and veteran point guard Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs managed to overcome a 23-point deficit to win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, tying the largest comeback victory thus far this NBA season.

The win also ranked as the franchise’s third-largest comeback victory under coach Gregg Popovich.

“It was a fine win,” Popovich said. “The guys really dug deep, pounded the rock. We kept a great attitude, and they just kept their minds on playing basic basketball and things turned their way. The effort was great, and they played a lot smarter in the second half. They took care of the ball, and just showed a lot of courage. Overall, a great team win.”

San Antonio trailed by 23 points (43-20) with 9:28 remaining in the first half in large part due to a disastrous opening quarter in which the Spurs turned over the ball seven times while knocking down just six field goals. Veteran Manu

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21451836/san-antonio-spurs-come-back-23-point-deficit-beat-oklahoma-city-thunder

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