SAN ANTONIO -- Moving from end to end with the acceleration of a Porsche, guard Russell Westbrook scored 34 points, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 Thursday.
Westbrook also passed for 11 assists.
Fans in San Antonio, and a national television audience, were denied a marquee matchup of small forwards when Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard sat due to injuries.
Leonard missed his fifth consecutive game with a torn ligament in his right hand.
"It's a pain thing," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He can't move his hand. He can't catch and dribble. Medically, they don't think he can hurt it any more than it is hurt now. It's a matter of when he can get use of the hand. It's too stiff."
Durant sat out a fourth game because of a sprained right ankle.
"He could not go if he wanted to go," coach Scott Brooks said, "but he's improving every day."
Oklahoma City (14-16) put together a 13-0 streak in the fourth quarter for a nine-point lead. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer with 2:34 remaining, but Thunder forward Serge Ibaka countered with his third 3-pointer of the game. Ibaka scored 21 points.
Thunder center Steven Adams had 16 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
Forward Matt Bonner led the Spurs (18-12) with 17 points. Forward Tim Duncan scored 15, one more than center Tiago Splitter and guard Cory Joseph. Ginboli finished with 11 points and a season-best 13 assists.
Oklahoma City took a 50-47 halftime lead by dominating one area: the offensive glass. The Thunder turned 13 offensive rebounds into 13 points. The Spurs grabbed three offensive boards and scored two points.
The Thunder, trailing by five early in the second quarter, responded an 11-0 push in the next four minutes.
Oklahoma City made a 9-0 run in the third quarter and led by 11 with four minutes left in the period. The Spurs chipped away at the deficit, overtaking the Thunder, 77-76, when Ginobili found Splitter for layup with 1.9 seconds left.
NOTES: San Antonio G Patty Mills, who has yet to play after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, was cleared for action by the team's medical staff about three weeks ahead of earlier projections. He was not, however, approved for action by coach Gregg Popovich. "I always error on the side of caution," Popovich said. "He's getting close." ... Spurs G Marco Belinelli made his fourth start of the season, this time in place of injured F Kawhi Leonard. He scored seven points. ... Thunder F Perry Jones remained in the starting lineup in place of F Kevin Durant for the fourth straight game despite going scoreless in two of the last three. He had 12 points in one of the games, and he added 14 on Thursday.