Spurs run winning streak to 19
Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists and Tim Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 111-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, extending their franchise record winning streak to 19 games.
The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists and Tim Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 111-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, extending their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.
San Antonio (59-16) extended its league-leading record to four games over the Thunder (54-19) ahead of their matchup Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was able to rest his core players with his team leading by as many as 26 points and never trailing after the opening three minutes.
“They’re playing amazing right now,” Golden State guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s the best in the league right now.”
Former Cougar Klay Thompson had 15 points for Golden State.
WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, clinching an Eastern Conference berth with a 118-92 win over the Boston Celtics.
Marcin Gortat scored 22 points to lead the Wizards, who gathered for a celebratory huddle at midcourt after the final whistle. John Wall, the 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick playing the first meaningful late-season games of his career, added 13 points and 10 assists.
• J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the host New York Knicks beat city rival Brooklyn 110-81 to extend a late-season playoff push.
Referee Dick Bavetta was at Madison Square Garden, where he worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment, an ironman streak even longer than the one compiled by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
• LeBron James scored 17 points as the host Miami Heat stayed atop the Eastern Conference with a 96-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
• D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and visiting Chicago bumped slumping Atlanta out of the final playoff spot in the East, winning 105-92.
• Former Husky Spencer Hawes scored 20 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the host Orlando Magic 119-98.
• Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the host Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with 101-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
• Aaron Brooks from Franklin High School scored 24 points as the host Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 137-107.