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