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Spurs extend home winning streak to 41 with victory over Thunder

Danny Green, Russell Westbrook

Spurs guard steals the ball from Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the first half Saturday.

(Larry W. Smith / EPA)

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 93-85, on Saturday night for their 41st straight home victory, the third-longest streak in NBA history.

The Spurs avenged a season-opening loss to the Thunder and made it 32 straight wins to open this season at home, where they haven’t lost in the regular season since last March.

Only Golden State, which had won 47 in a row entering Saturday, and the Chicago teams that won 44 straight in 1995-96 had longer streaks.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and Tim Duncan had 11 for San Antonio, which extended its lead over Oklahoma City (44-22) to 12 games for the second seed in the Western Conference.

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Kevin Durant had 28 points for the Thunder.

at Golden State 123, Phoenix 116: Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 12 minutes to beat the Suns.

at Denver 116, Washington 100: Jusuf Nurkic scored all of his season-high 17 points in the second half and the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards.

at Portland 121, Orlando 84: Damian Lillard scored 19 points and had 10 of Portland’s season-high 34 assists as the Trail Blazers beat the short-handed Magic.

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at Toronto 112, Miami 104 (OT): DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 38 points and added 10 rebounds as the Raptors beat the Heat. Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 16 points for the Raptors, who secured the season series against the Heat for the second straight season, as well as a potential playoff tiebreaker should they finish with the same record.

Indiana 112, at Dallas 105: Monta Ellis scored 17 points in his return to Dallas, Paul George had 18 of his 20 in the second half and the Pacers extended the Mavericks’ longest losing streak of the season to five games. Ellis got a warm greeting in his first visit since the end of last season, when he was the first leading scorer not named Dirk Nowitzki for Dallas since 2000. He signed with Indiana as a free agent.

at Charlotte 125, Houston 109: Kemba Walker scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, and the Hornets used a 27-8 run to open the fourth quarter and beat the Rockets for their seventh straight victory. Marvin Williams added 25 points, Jeremy Lin scored 16 and Al Jefferson added 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Hornets, who have won 13 of their last 15 games during their recent playoff push.

Detroit 125, at Philadelphia 111: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points, Tobias Harris added 21 and the Pistons used a big second half to beat the 76ers. Trailing, 57-52, at halftime, the Pistons shot 15 for 20 in a 38-point third quarter and finished with 73 points over the final two periods while erasing two 10-point deficits.

at Atlanta 95, Memphis 83: Paul Millsap scored 21 points, and the Hawks beat the depleted Grizzlies. Al Horford had 19 points and Jeff Teague scored 18 for Atlanta, which grabbed the lead by closing the first half with a 30-10 run.

at Milwaukee 103, New Orleans 92: Khris Middleton scored 19 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 and the Bucks beat the Pelicans. Jerryd Bayless had 17 points for Milwaukee, which put six players in double figures and ended a six-game losing streak to New Orleans that dated to 2012.


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