Warriors match Bulls' record with 72nd win, hand Spurs first home loss of season

Warriors match Bulls' record with 72nd win, hand Spurs first home loss of season
Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives againstSpurs guard Tony Parker during the first half Sunday. (Darren Abate / Associated Press)

The Golden State Warriors got a momentous victory in the one place they hadn't won in nearly two decades.

Now, they're one win away from pushing Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls off a major record.


Stephen Curry had 37 points and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs, 92-86, Sunday night for their 72nd win, tying Jordan's Bulls for the season record.

"We can get to 73," forward Draymond Green said. "That's the significance for me of 72."

The defending champions finish their regular season at home against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

"Obviously, we're in the moment, enjoying the ride," Curry said. "The goal is to win a championship. That's the goal. But we put ourselves in a great position to end the season with a win and do something no team has done in the history. That's an amazing accomplishment."

The Warriors got No. 72 by doing what nobody else had this season — beating the Spurs in San Antonio. The Spurs had won 48 consecutive regular-season games at home, including an NBA-record 39 straight to begin 2015-16. Golden State also ended a 33-game skid in San Antonio that dated to 1997.

"Definitely sweet because we broke the streak," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "That's all the media would talk about for the last few years. It's tough to win here. It definitely was huge for us."

San Antonio sat Tim Duncan for rest and was without an injured Boris Diaw. It had not lost at home since March 2015. The Spurs also fell to Golden State on Thursday night, 112-101.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points to lead the Spurs, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

at Indiana 129, Brooklyn 105: Myles Turner had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Pacers clinched a playoff berth. Solomon Hill had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, while George Hill had 18 points, Ian Mahinmi had 16 and Paul George had 15. The Pacers' win eliminated the Chicago Bulls from playoff contention.

Toronto 93, at New York 89: DeMar DeRozan converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:05 left on a night he became Toronto's No. 2 career scorer, and the Raptors won their club-record 23rd road game. DeRozan finished with 27 points as the Raptors pulled within two games of Cleveland with two to play for both teams. Toronto won the season series and owns the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points in just 25 minutes in the Knicks' final home game of the season.

Utah 100, at Denver 84: Trey Lyles scored a career-high 22 points in an unexpected start, Gordon Hayward helped fuel a 24-0 third-quarter run and the Jazz maintained their one-game lead over the Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Lyles got the start when Derrick Favors was a late scratch because of right knee soreness. Hayward scored 10 of his 22 points in a pivotal third quarter that saw Utah turn the game into a rout.

at Miami 118, Orlando 96: Luol Deng scored 20 points, Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 15 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 20, and the Heat beat the Magic for the third time in four meetings this season. Goran Dragic added 19 points for Miami.

Milwaukee 109, at Philadelphia 108 (OT): Khris Middleton scored 36 points and John Henson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who blew an 18-point lead in regulation. The 76ers missed three shots on their final possession of overtime and made only 13 of a franchise-record 46 three-point attempts.

at Washington 113, Charlotte 98: Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 16 points for the Wizards. Frank Kaminsky had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kemba Walker added 16 points for the Hornets, who shot 34.6% and committed 15 turnovers.


at Clippers 98, Mavericks 91

Houston 130, Lakers 110