Nerlens Noel, Steven Adams dominate Spurs in paint
Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray drove down a seemingly open lane, but Thunder center Nerlens Noel was lurking at the rim.
Noel erased Murray's layup attempt and Chesapeake Energy Arena erupted.
The second-quarter swat was one of five blocks Noel recorded in the first half of the Thunder's 131-103 win against the Spurs.
Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White all had a shot blocked by the 6-foot-10 center. White was twice the recipient.
Noel saved his most emphatic block for last. White gathered his dribble beyond the 3-point line in the left corner while Noel was on the opposite side of the floor. Noel sprinted into the paint and there was a clean collision at the rim.
Noel entered the night with a team-high 2.8 blocks per 36 minutes. Noel did not record a block in the second half and he still finished just one block short of a season high.
"Today he was focused," Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder said. "He tries to change the game when he gets in there, and that's what he did tonight. Even on the offensive end, setting screens, putting pressure on the rim."
The Thunder's interior defense was stout, anchored by Noel and starting center Steven Adams. The Spurs shot less than 50% at the rim.
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