SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Sporting Alert – Western Conference powerhouse, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs both recorded home wins in the NBA on Wednesday night.
San Antonio stayed undefeated on their court this season with a 112-88 victory over the traveling Miami Heat, while the Warriors took care of the Los Angeles Clippers in a later game.
At the AT&T Center, Kawhi Leonard tied his career-high with 32 points and pulled down eight rebounds before leaving the game because of a knock on his quadriceps for the Spurs (60-11), who improved to 36-0 at home for the first time in club history, and are one win away from matching the record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.
According to ESPN, Leonard, who left the contest with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, suffered a right thigh contusion.
His injury, though, does not appear to be serious and he’s been listed as day-to-day.
The win posted by San Antonio on Wednesday night sees them improving to 45 consecutive wins at home in regular-season games, dating back to last season.
Rookie Boban Marjanovic scored 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting in his 14 minutes off the bench, which gave his coach Greg Popovich something to joke about.
“He’s one of the most selfish players I’ve been around,” said Popovich, in a joking manner during his after game interview.
“He shot it every time he touched it. It’s incredible. He should apologize to his team tomorrow for being so greedy. He just wanted to get his name in the paper.”
Kevin Martin finished with 12 points for San Antonio, which host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Rookie Josh Richardson led Miami with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range while Dwyane Wade added 16 points, Gerald Green added 13 and Hassan Whiteside had 12 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in the defeat for the Heat.
Wednesday night’s defeat to San Antonio saw Miami (41-30) dropped a half-game behind the Atlanta Hawks (42-30) for the lead in the Southeast Division and slipping from third to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Heat played without forward Luol Deng (sore left quadriceps) and Chris Bosh, who is still recovering from undisclosed medical condition.
In the stats corner, San Antonio shot 51.9 percent from the floor overall and 57.1 percent from 3-point range.
Miami was 48.1 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long-range.
At the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Stephen Curry had 33 points, five assists and three steals and the Golden State Warriors stayed on track to register the most wins in NBA history with a 114-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Victory on Wednesday night also saw the Warriors (64-7) improving to 33-0 at home.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson added 32 points with seven 3-pointers on 12 of 21 shooting overall from the field, and Danny Green finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State, which continued its push to break the record of 72 regular season wins, set by the Bulls in the 1995-96 season.
Harrison Barnes ended with 11 points and six rebounds and Shaun Livingston had 11 points and five rebounds in the win for the Warriors, who play host to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
DeAndre Jordan led Los Angeles with 19 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks, while Austin Rivers ended with 16 points and Chris Paul finished with 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Clippers, who failed to beat the Warriors once this season and have not won in this series since the 100-86 victory on Christmas Day in 2014.
Jeff Green finished with 13 points and four steals while Jamal Crawford added 12 points off the bench in the defeat.
NBA SCORES AND RESULTS
Scores for March 23, 2016
WARRIORS 114, CLIPPERS 98
SPURS 112, HEAT 88
CAVALIERS 113, BUCKS 104
SUNS 119, LAKERS 107
PISTONS 118, MAGIC 102
TRAIL BLAZERS 109, MAVERICKS 103
JAZZ 89, ROCKETS 87
CELTICS 91, RAPTORS 79
KNICKS 115, BULLS 107
NUGGETS 104, 76ERS 103
HAWKS 122, WIZARDS 101
TIMBERWOLVES 113, KINGS 104.