5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Thunder

The San Antonio Spurs (13-1) will face their Western Conference rival, Oklahoma City Thunder (9-3) tonight in Oklahoma and put their 11-game winning streak on the line.

The Spurs are coming off a 112-93 thrashing of the Pelicans in San Antonio. Tony Parker scored 14 and handed out 7 assists while Boris Diaw tallied 13 points and 5 rebounds. Tiago Splitter is probable for tonight's matchup.

The Thunder are coming off a 95-73 win over the Jazz. Kevin Durant finished with 19 points in the victory.

And as these two West powers get set to clash, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:

• The Thunder are 6-0 at home this season.

• The Thunder are 7-1 this year when outrebounding the opposition.
 
• The Spurs bench is averaging 44 points per game.
 
• The Spurs are 3-0 on the road when leading after the first quarter.
 
• The Spurs are 0-1 on the road when their opponent scores 100 points or more.

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Thunder

The San Antonio Spurs (1-0) will face the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) tonight in San Antonio for the Spurs home-opener. The Spurs are coming off a narrow 99-95 win over New Orleans last night thanks to huge efforts from Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

But tonight's game will be a rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals where the Thunder rattled off four games in a row after the Spurs were up 2-0, to win and advance to the NBA Finals.

So as the Spurs will look for a measure of revenge, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:

• The Thunder will look for its fourth consecutive opening night win after beating the Magic, Bulls, and Kings in each of the last three season openers.

• Last season, OKC not only led the NBA in blocked shots at 8.17 but the Thunder recorded the highest block per game total in the NBA in nearly 20 years.

• The Thunder went 16-0 when holding teams to under 90 points last season.

• Last season, OKC was only one of three teams (Chicago and San Antonio) to have a winning road record in the NBA at 21-12.

• For a second season in a row, Oklahoma City finished the 2011-12 season as the best free throw shooting team in the NBA at 80.6%. Kevin Durant is also the only player in NBA history to convert 700+ free throws while shooting 90% or better.

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