Spurs tip Thunder for third-longest home streak

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have practiced usually excellent after a bustling offseason.

Just ask a Oklahoma City Thunder, who saw a disproportion while unwell to reason another fourth-quarter lead.

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and San Antonio kick Oklahoma City 93-85 on Saturday night for a 41st true home victory, a third-longest strain in NBA history.

“We’re a common ballclub,” Leonard said. “We usually wish to get improved as any diversion goes, as a deteriorate goes on. So, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing. It’s usually about us and are we going to execute, are we going to go out and have appetite and play defense. We fought by a whole diversion tonight.”

The Spurs done it 32 true wins to open this deteriorate during home, where they haven’t mislaid in a unchanging deteriorate given final March. Only Golden State, that has won 48 in a row, and a Chicago teams that won 44 true in 1995-96 had longer streaks.

The Spurs did so by avenging a season-opening detriment to a Thunder. LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 24 points, was hold to 11 on 4-for-12 sharpened on Oct. 28 in his initial diversion with San Antonio after fasten a group as a giveaway agent.

“I didn’t know my role,” Aldridge said. “I was perplexing to find shots. we consider we took like 7 shots that game. It was really uncomfortable. Out there tonight it was night and day for sure. we feel some-more gentle out there.”

He and Leonard have teamed to give a Spurs an All-Star frontcourt that has led them in scoring in 9 true games.

Tim Duncan had 11 points for San Antonio, that extended a lead over Oklahoma City (44-22) to 12 games for a second seed in a Western Conference.

The Thunder saw another lead in a fourth entertain disappear a day after descending 99-96 during home to Minnesota when Ricky Rubio’s 3-pointer with dual seconds remaining capped a late rally.

“They strike shots down a stretch,” pronounced Kevin Durant, who finished with 28 points. “Kawhi Leonard strike a few tough ones. Danny Green strike that large 3 in a corner. They strike shots in a fourth. We didn’t give them nothing. Both teams worked for all they got tonight. It was a slugfest.”

The Spurs (56-10) rallied to extend their authorization best start, trailing entering a fourth entertain for usually a fourth time in 32 home games this season. Leonard scored 9 in a final period.

David West lighted a rally, scoring 6 true points to tie a diversion during 72 with nine minutes remaining. The maestro brazen shouted support to a group after his second basket and sealed a run by rushing in to tip in his possess missed brief jumper.

West finished with 8 points.

Leonard continued a momentum, going 4-for-7 in a fourth quarter. Following a 3-pointer by Green, Leonard crossed over Andre Roberson during a 3-point line and emptied a 3 that gave San Antonio an 82-76 lead with 6:30 remaining.

“Three-point shots usually give a group energy, generally in a fourth quarter,” Leonard said.

Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points on 5-for-16 sharpened and had 9 turnovers.

TIP-INS: Thunder — Oklahoma City is 53-22 given a start of a 2013-14 deteriorate with Durant, Westbrook, Roberson, Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka starting. … The Thunder sealed a initial assembly on a 22-9 run to win 112-106 in Oklahoma City.

Spurs — San Antonio set a joining record by winning a 51st true diversion when sharpened a aloft margin idea commission than a opponent, violation a tie with a 1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers. … San Antonio has led during a half in 27 home games this season, trailing usually 4 times and tied once.

THERE YOU GO: Kevin Martin, who assimilated a Spurs final week, done his initial margin idea try with San Antonio.

Martin stepped into a 3-pointer and emptied it on his usually margin idea try in 4 minutes. The shot came one possession after Duncan and Tony Parker had to approach a maestro where to be on a justice in an descent set.

TOUGH STRETCH: San Antonio continues a five-game homestand opposite intensity playoff-bound teams on Tuesday opposite a Clippers.

The Spurs, who kick Chicago on Thursday, horde Portland on Thursday and Golden State on Saturday.

UP NEXT: Thunder horde Portland on Monday. Spurs horde Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

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