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Dejounte Murray plays for wins, not triple-doubles

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San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Jamil Wilson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 109-91. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejonte Murray was two rebounds shy of his first triple-double of the season against the Thunder Thursday night.

Murray finished with 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in 25 minutes in the Spurs’ 121-112 win against Oklahoma City.

But Murray could care less.

“I don’t play for the stats like that, for real, I’m just out there competing,” Murray said of him coming close to a triple-double.

Placed on a minutes-restriction as part of his recovery from his knee injury he suffered last season, Murray still remains an impact player. In games played this season, Murray has recorded three double-doubles.

For the season, he’s ranked third among NBA guards at rebounding at 8.0 per game and is posting 12.9 points per game (career-best) including 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals.

“I know I’m a capable player, getting triple-doubles down the line, but I’m not hunting those things,” Murray said.

Said Bryn Forbes: “I enjoy being on the court with him. Pushing in transition, finding us in transition, that’s something he’s really good at.”

Being the ever self-critic, Murray was not completely happy with stats that do matter to him – turnovers.

Murray had two turnovers in the win and noted he needs to improve at taking care of the ball as the season unfolds.

“I watch a lot of film and a lot of my turnovers are just that, so it’s great to have ten assists and two turnovers,” said Murray. “I’d rather have zero turnovers though.”

Murray is turning the ball over at 2.9 per game through seven games played. That is a career-high for the team’s starting point guard.

“I have to stop being sloppy,” Murray added.

Murray will remain on a minutes-restriction for just a few more games.

But if what he is doing now on limited time is any indication of what is on the horizon, then the team can expect more wins which is exactly what Murray is aiming for.

“I just want to do what I can do for my team and try to come out with wins,” Murray said.

Said Gregg Popovich: “Dejounte, he’s in some ways a work in progress, but if that work in progress can do what he did tonight, that’s pretty good.”

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