So they weren’t able to prevent the Warriors from winning their 72nd game. However, with their 102-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, the Spurs finished the season 40-1 at home, tying the 1985-86 Boston Celtics for most home wins in a season.
Billy Donovan rested Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka, but the rest of the Thunder player exceptionally well without them, despite the loss. OKC actually outplayed San Antonio in the first quarter and held an eleven-point lead, 32-21. Cameron Payne and Enes Kanter had seven each, and Steven Adams was ferocious on the glass and hauled in five offensive rebounds. Tim Duncan had six boards and four boards to lead the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard had four points and four of the team’s nine assists in the periods.
San Antonio didn’t play much better in the second quarter and tallied just 22 points on 42% shooting. Duncan cooled off and went 1/3 for just two points. Leonard and Aldridge struggled as well and shot a combined 2/5 for eight points. The Thunder hung 21 for the period, and Payne, Kanter, and Foye had four points apiece. The Spurs trailed 63-53 at the half.
After the intermission, the Spurs came out and erupted for 31 points in the third. They shot very poorly from the field, 39%, but their superb foul shooting helped them take a 12-point edge for the quarter. Kawhi emerged from his slump and scored eight on 2/4 shooting. Patty Mills and Tony Parker combined for 13 points. OKC struggled to shoot, also. They weren’t as aggressive, however, and only attempted one free throw during their 19-point quarter. Steven Adams had seven to lead the team.
With a two-point lead heading into the fourth, San Antonio had the record in sight. Dion Waiters would prolong the editing of the history books and had ten of the Thunder’s 21 points on 4/7 shooting; he was 1/12 through the first three quarters. Boban Marjanovic and Tony Parker had six and five, respectively, of San Antonio’s 19. Though the Thunder were able to tie the game, Kawhi Leonard asserted his dominance during overtime.
He registered six of the Spurs’ nine points and was a perfect 3/3 from the field. Leonard was the game’s leading scorer with 26, and Adams, Payne, Waiters, and Kanter all had 17 for the Thunder.
The Thunder finished up the season at 55-27, good for the third seed in the West. San Antonio has one game left, in Dallas, on Wednesday.
Around The League
The Pacers powered past the Knicks 102-90 behind 19 points from Paul George and George Hill. Derrick Williams had 21 to lead the game in the Knicks’ season finale; with the loss, the Knicks fell to 32-50 and had their sixth 50-loss season out of the past 11.
Joe Johnson had a game-high 25 points in the Heat’s 99-93 win over the Pistons. Luol Deng had 17 points, ten boards, and Goran Dragic had 16 with a missing tooth. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 17 to lead the Pistons.
With their 110-84 win over the Grizzlies, the LA Clippers won their 53rd game to have their fourth straight 53+ win season. Chris Paul had 12 points, 13 assists, and five other Clippers scored in double-figures.
NYK 90 – IND 102
MIA 99 – DET 93
PHI 98 – TOR 122
OKC 98 – SAS 102 (OT)
MEM 84 – LAC 110