Welcome back to VSNA Basketball! There were only four games tonight, so let's hop to it!
Scores: Spurs 94-86 Pelicans ; Kings 104-101 Mavericks ; Heat 108-92 Suns ; Warriors 121-106 Thunder
Kawhi Leonard capped a 30-point, 11-rebound performance with a huge 3-pointer in the final minute, and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to seven games with a 94-86 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and Danny Green scored 11 for the Spurs, who trailed 86-82 before closing the game on a 12-0 run during the final 3:10. Leonard was 12-of-22 shooting, including 6 for 10 from 3-point range, one night after San Antonio clinched its 19th straight playoff berth with a victory at home against Detroit. Anthony Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped its third straight. Eric Gordon added 23 points and Jrue Holiday scored 13.
Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 12 assists in his first game at Dallas since an ugly split with the Mavericks last season, and the Sacramento Kings ended a 22-game regular-season losing streak on his old home floor with a 104-101 victory. DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 13 rebounds as Sacramento snapped a four-game losing streak with just its fifth win in the past 17 games. Chandler Parsons scored 28 to lead the Mavericks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped in the finale of a six-game homestand, their longest of the season.
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Goran Dragic added 25 against his former club and the Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Suns 108-92 Thursday night, extending their winning streak to three games. Luol Deng scored 12 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 11 rebounds for Miami, which led by as many as 21 in the first half. Rookie guard Devin Booker kept the Suns in the game, scoring 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. Alex Len had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which tied a club record by losing its 17th consecutive road game. Mirza Teletovic scored 11 points while Archie Goodwin and P.J. Tucker had 10 apiece for the Suns, who have dropped 30 of 33 overall.
Steph Curry dropped 33 points as the Warriors used a fourth quarter run to beat the Thunder soundly at home. With the win, Golden State has tied the record for most consecutive home wins with 44 in a row. Five days after tying an NBA record with 12 3-pointers in an overtime win at Oklahoma City, Curry went 5 of 15 from long range in the rematch. But he got more than enough help from his bench to help the Warriors (55-5) tie one record set by Chicago as they chase the Bulls' single-season mark for victories.
The Bulls won 44 consecutive home games from March 30, 1995, until April 4, 1996. That helped them set the record with 72 wins in 1995-96, a mark the Warriors remain on pace to surpass after beating the Thunder for the third time in as many tries this season.
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