After their shocking loss to the Timberwolves, the chances of the Warriors eclipsing the Bulls’ win record seemed slim. Four games were left in the season, and two were against San Antonio. The first meeting took place on Thursday in Oakland, and if Golden State won, they’d become the second team ever to reach 70 wins in a season.
It was a fantastic meeting, and the Warriors pulled out the victory, 112-101. Golden State shot the lights out, finishing at 54% overall, 48% from three, and 90% from the free-throw line. They outrebounded San Antonio, 43-32, and recorded 33 assists on 45 field goals; the Spurs registered 28 assists on 39 field goals. Steph Curry was the game’s high scorer with 29, and he added nine assists. Harrison Barnes was second to Curry with 21 points.
Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 23 points, but was quiet in the other aspects of the game — the Klaw tallied just three rebounds and two assists. No other Spur had a big game, and LaMarcus Aldridge and David West both finished with 11 points on a combined 9/21 shooting.
Despite luring the Warriors into 22 fouls, the Spurs were mediocre from the foul line. They finished at 70% (16/23), ten percentage points below their season average. San Antonio entered the fourth quarter down 18, despite trailing by 23 at one point. It was too little too late, however. They hung 32 points on the Warriors in the final period with their bench shooting 10/15 for 24 points. Golden State had 25 points themselves but had a tough time putting the ball in the basket; they shot 42% for the quarter.
The Warriors have three games left and will pass the Bulls if they win-out. Their next game is Saturday against the Grizzlies, then they take on the Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday, and they wrap up their season against the Grizzlies at home next Wednesday.
If San Antonio was to win out, and spoil Golden State’s streak in the process, they’d finish with 69 wins and become just the fifth team to record that many. Their next matchup is Friday in Denver.
Around The League
The Hawks stay hot as the playoffs inch closer and improved to 7-3 in their last ten games with a win over the Raptors, 95-87. Jeff Teague had a game-high 23 points, and Paul Millsap stuffed the stat sheet: 13p/14r/2a/1s/5b.
Phoenix knocked off the Rockets 124-115 allowing the Grizzlies to clinch a playoff spot for the sixth-straight season. James Harden tallied 30, but it wasn’t enough. P.J. Tucker had a career-high 24, Mirza Teletovic had 26, and Tyson Chandler had a season-high 21.
The Heat downed the Bulls 106-98, putting them three games back of the eighth seed. Miami had seven players in double-figures, led by Dwyane Wade‘s 21. Jimmy Butler had a game-high 25, and Pau Gasol added 21.
TOR 87 – ATL 95
PHX 124 – HOU 115
CHI 98 – MIA 106
MINN 105 – SAC 97
SAS 101 – GSW 112