Thunder gives Spurs test before falling
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs got an unexpected battle in their final home game of the season Tuesday night.
But they found a way to win, just as they have in all but one home game this season at the AT&T Center.
Kawhi Leonard had 26 points and San Antonio rallied to beat the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 102-98 in overtime to finish 40-1 at home this season, matching an NBA record. The Boston Celtics had the same record in 1985-86.
"You know, it's one of the legendary teams with Larry Bird, (Kevin) McHale and (Robert) Parrish," Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. "So it's pretty good. It's not easy to lose one game the whole season (at home)."
San Antonio was lethargic coming off its first home loss of the season to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Spurs never led in the final quarter in that loss and trailed throughout much of their home finale.
Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan rested stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka in their regular-season finale while San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich started his regular lineup.
The Thunder were still able to force the first overtime in San Antonio this season.
The Thunder got 17 points each from Dion Waiter, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Cameron Payne.
HEAT 99, PISTONS 93: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Dwyane Wade got off to his slowest start offensively in a decade and finished with 14 points, but still helped Miami beat Detroit. Miami will win the Southeast Division and earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs if it closes the regular season tonight by beating Boston on the road. Wade didn't score until there was 4:14 left in the first half.
RAPTORS 122, 76ERS 98: At Toronto, rookie Norman Powell had 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 more and 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Philadelphia for the 12th straight time. It gave Valanciunas a team-leading 22nd double-double of the season. Philadelphia last beat Toronto Jan. 18, 2013. With the Indiana Pacers' win over New York and the Detroit Pistons' loss to the Miami Heat, second-seeded Toronto is now locked into a playoff matchup with the seventh-seeded Pacers.
CLIPPERS 110, GRIZZLIES 84: At Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists and the Clippers extended Memphis' freefall to the final night of the NBA's regular season, defeating the Grizzlies. Losing for the ninth time in 10 games, Memphis dropped into a tie with the Dallas Mavericks for sixth place in the Western Conference. Austin Rivers scored 14 points for the Clippers, who shot 55 percent and outscored Memphis 22-6 in fast-break points as they posted their 10th win in 11 games.
PACERS 102, KNICKS 90: At Indianapolis, Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points and Indiana beat New York to win its final home game of the regular season. Trailing 64-62, the Pacers (44-37) finished the final seven minutes of the third quarter with a 17-6 run that gave Indiana a 79-70 lead heading into the final period. New York (32-50) led at the end of the first and second quarters before the Pacers rallied in the third quarter.