Stephen Curry had 37 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals as the Golden State Warriors (72-9) beat the San Antonio Spurs (65-15) 92-86 Sunday to match the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls as the greatest regular season team in history.
Warriors registered their first victory in San Antonio in nearly two decades while also ending the Spurs’ home-winning streak, which included 39 straight wins to begin the season and 48 overall dating back to last season. In some ways, the Warriors overcame their biggest obstacle. |Final Box Score| |Watch Video Highlights Above|
The Warriors now need to win their final game against Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday to set a new season record of 73 victories. ESPN’s Basketball Index gives them over a 90% chance to eclipse the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls.
In a game which saw Tim Duncan sit out, Spurs kept things tight until the 4th quarter when Curry and Warriors ran away with the advantage. As the Spurs’ perimeter defenders tried to curtail Curry’s hot shooting spree, the reigning MVP managed to get a series of layups to land the knockout blow.
Draymond Green shuts down Kawhi…
For the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 24 points while Kawhi Leonard added 20. Draymond Green, the heart and soul of the Warriors, kept Leonard to 7 for 22 from the field – which proved to be a decisive factor in the end result. During the first half, there was a controversial call when Green was handed a technical for rushing towards Monty McCutcheon at the scorer’s table after the in-game official ruled he fouled Leonard. Clearly, tempers were flying.
Klay Thompson added 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-4 3pt) while Green finished with 11 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Surprisingly, no other Warrior featured in double digits in a rugged game that saw defense precede offense, as was the case during the teams’ previous showdown in San Antonio.
For the Spurs, too, Aldridge and Leonard were the lone scorers in double digits, with Tony Parker (4 points), Danny Green (2 points) and Patty Mills (7 points) enduring disappointing outings. Prior to the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his team wasn’t concerned with records and were focused on the playoffs which begin on April 16.
“I can tell you, I know them (the players) all pretty well, I don’t think they give one damn about that. All they care about is getting as good as they can possibly be to play whoever we’re going to play and have a shot in the playoffs to win everything. I think that’s all they really care about,” Popovich said on Saturday.
Warriors are a lock to beat an injury-ridden Grizzlies squad and win their 73rd game on Wednesday.