Spurs snap War­riors’ 12-game win streak, 107-92

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Kawhi Leonard matched his ca­reer-high with 26 points and set a ca­reer­high with seven steals as the San An­to­nio Spurs rolled past Golden State 107-92 on Sun­day, end­ing the War­riors’ 12-game win­ning streak while ex­tend­ing their own to seven straight.

San An­to­nio also ex­tended its home win­ning streak over Golden State to 32 straight, dat­ing back to 1997, the sea­son be­fore Dun­can ar­rived.

Tim Dun­can had 19 points and Danny Green added 18 points for San An­to­nio, which led by as many as 28 points.

“Kawhi was mag­nif­i­cent at both ends of the court,” San An­to­nio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He is re­ally play­ing con­fi­dently, but he hasn’t forgotten to pred­i­cate his game on de­fense and on the boards. It kind of fu­els him of­fen­sively.”

Stephen Curry had 24 points, but was ha­rassed into 9-for-17 shoot­ing by Leonard. Klay Thomp­son was held to six points for Golden State.

“This is the first time I think since Christ­mas that we haven’t re­ally been in a game,” Curry said. “We’ll be fine go­ing for­ward.”

In other games, In­di­ana got in­jured star Paul Ge­orge back just in time, beat­ing Miami 112-89 to re­main in con­tention for the play­offs.

Hous­ton over­came Rus­sell West­brook’s 11th triple-dou­ble of the sea­son to beat Ok­la­homa City 115-112, and LeBron James recorded his first triple-dou­ble since re­turn­ing to Cleve­land to lift the Cava­liers over Chicago 99-94.

Ge­orge fin­ished with 13 points in 15 min­utes — his first ac­tion for the Pac­ers since break­ing his right leg on Aug. 1.

Luis Scola scored a sea­son-high 23 points to lead In­di­ana to its sec­ond straight win. The Pac­ers moved into a tie with Miami for the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Con­fer­ence. Both teams trail Bos­ton by one game for the con­fer­ence’s eighth and fi­nal play­off spot.

James Harden scored 41 points for the Rock­ets, who won for the sev­enth time in eight games.

Harden and West­brook, the league’s top two scor­ers, both en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing 27.5 points per game. Harden made 12 of 22 shots and 6 of 9 3-point­ers be­fore foul­ing out with 33 sec­onds left, while West­brook fin­ished with 40 points, 13 as­sists and 11 re­bounds.

The Thun­der lost their third straight and only lead New Or­leans by a half game for the No. 8 play­off spot in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

In Cleve­land, James fin­ished with 20 points, 12 as­sists and 10 re­bounds, his first triple-dou­ble in a Cleve­land uni­form since May 13, 2010, two months be­fore he left as a free agent for Miami.

The Cava­liers made 16 3-point­ers while win­ning their 18th straight home game and mov­ing closer to a Cen­tral Di­vi­sion ti­tle and se­cur­ing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Con­fer­ence play­offs.

Else­where, Blake Grif­fin scored 18 points and De­An­dre Jor­dan added 16 points and 11 re­bounds as the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers sent the Lak­ers to their team-record 56th de­feat of the sea­son.

With six games still to play, the Lak­ers have sur­passed last sea­son’s team as the worst in the 16-time cham­pion fran­chise’s il­lus­tri­ous his­tory.

The Clip­pers have won 10 of 11 down the stretch, stay­ing in the tight five-team race be­hind Golden State for home­court ad­van­tage in the first two rounds of the West­ern Con­fer­ence play­offs.

Utah topped Sacra­mento 101-95 and the New York Knicks beat Philadel­phia 101-91 to end a ninegame los­ing streak.

AP

Ok­la­homa City Thun­der cen­ter Enes Kanter #34 blocks a shot by Hous­ton Rock­ets guard James Harden, cen­ter, in the fourth quar­ter of an NBA game in Ok­la­homa City on Sun­day, April 5.

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