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OKC Thunder 6-Game Winning Streak Snapped By Spurs

"Underdog Spurs shock Thunder, closing the gap between Oklahoma City and Minnesota in Western Conference standings. Rookie Wembanyama shines."

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a golden opportunity to pull even with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference. They were heavy favorites by 11.5 points going into their matchup against the struggling San Antonio Spurs, who had the third-worst record in the league. However, thanks to an impressive showing by rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama, the Spurs defied the odds and handed the Thunder a 132-118 defeat, pushing them a full game behind the Wolves.

Throughout the season, Oklahoma City and Minnesota have been engaged in a fierce battle for the top seed in the West. The two teams have been neck and neck for months, with only brief interruptions from the Clippers and Nuggets at the summit. It seems that the race will go down to the wire in the final weeks and days of the regular season.

Heading into Thursday's game, the Timberwolves held a slim half-game lead over the Thunder and were resting after a victory in Memphis the night before. Had Oklahoma City capitalized on their status as favorites, they would have drawn level with Minnesota. However, they struggled to get contributions beyond their starting lineup, shooting a dismal 29% from beyond the arc.

Victor Wembanyama put on a show for the Spurs, tallying 28 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks, including a crucial rejection of a Chet Holmgren shot in the final minutes as the Thunder tried to stage a comeback. Devin Vassell also poured in 28 points, while Jeremy Sochan added 21 for San Antonio.

As the night concluded, the Thunder found themselves in second place, trailing the Timberwolves by a full game. Despite their six-game winning streak being snapped, Minnesota has been the hotter team over the past 10 games, boasting an 8-2 record during that stretch.

Both teams are slated to face tough Western Conference opponents in their upcoming games, with the Wolves set to take on the Kings and Clippers, and the Thunder scheduled to play the Suns and Lakers.

Looking at the strength of their remaining schedules based on opponent winning percentages, Minnesota ranks 11th in difficulty, while Oklahoma City comes in at 15th. The race for the top seed in the West is heating up, and every game from here on out will be crucial in determining who comes out on top.

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