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Saturday night game round-up: Spurs beat Warriors in battle of NBA's best

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In what could very well be a preview for the Western Conference playoffs finals, the San Antonio Spurs managed to topple the Golden State Warriors last night in Texas last night.

Just eight days after the Warriors managed to put up 81 points in the first half of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Spurs limited them excellently, holding the Dubs to just 79 points - their lowest mark of the season.

LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard backed him up with 18, as the Spurs out-shot, out-rebounded, and just out-played their biggest rivals.

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Stephen Curry had potentially one of the worst shooting nights of his career, going 1 of 12 from three-point range as he finished the game with 14 points. Klay Thompson top-scored for Golden State with 15, despite going 1 of 7 from three, himself. 

Clippers 102, Grizzles 113

Zach Randolph returned from an injury layoff and quickly showed the Memphis Grizzlies what they had been missing in what has to go down as an upset win. 

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Z-Bo recorded the first triple-double of his career as the Grizzlies powered to victory over the Clippers. The big man had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Memphis in a night where they got a look at a potential playoff matchup in the West.

Chris Paul had 25 points and six assists for the Clippers, while DeAndre Jordan finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort. LAC held onto 4th spot in the West standings, as Memphis closed the gap to just three games.

Memphis Grizzlies v Denver Nuggets

Jazz 85, Bulls 92

Derrick Rose put in one of his best shooting performances of the season as the Chicago Bulls picked up a win against the Utah Jazz. 

The former NBA Most Valuable Player went 10 of 15 and shot 100% on both of his attempts from beyond the arc as the Bulls came out on top at the United Center. Rose was ably backed up by Taj Gibson, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Mirotic - who added 15 for Chicago - as they tied the Detroit Pistons for 8th place in Eastern Conference standings.

Unlike Rose and the Bulls, Utah didn't have an effective shooting night. They managed just 40% from the field and under 30 from three-point range, with Derrick Favors leading the team with 24 and Gordon Hayward managing just nine on his return from injury.

Cavaliers 101, Heat 122

It was not a happy return to South Florida for LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers were turned over by the Miami Heat.

The big story from the night was Dwyane Wade, who became the 41st player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points as he finished the game with 24, leading the Heat. Wade was well backed up by Dragic, Whiteside, Joe Johnson and Josh Richardson, who all had 16 points or more themselves. 

Things weren't so rosy on the Cleveland side of the ball, with LeBron James sitting out the entire fourth quarter as the game was out of reach for the Cavs. James finished with 26 and Richard Jefferson had 20 as Cleveland moved to 49 and 20 on the season, 1.5 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors.

Rockets 97, Hawks 109

The Atlanta Hawks continued their recent hot streak by recording their fifth straight win, with the Houston Rockets being the latest victim of the surging Hawks.

Al Horford scored 22 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 as a streaking Atlanta had their sixth win a row over Western Conference opponents as they moved to a 41-29, staying third in the East. 

Where the Hawks shot clinically as a team, the Rockets didn't, as big games from James Harden and Michael Beasley - 25 and 30 points, respectively - overshadowed poor shooting performances from the likes of Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, and Patrick Beverley.

Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks

Knicks 89, Wizards 99

It didn't look like it was going to happen, but the Washington Wizards managed the win last night after overcoming a very slow start against the Knicks at the Verizon Center.

The Wizards overturned an 18-point deficit thanks to 24 points and 10 assists from John Wall, as they kept themselves in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Marcin Gortat helped himself 15 points and 11 boards and Markieff Morris added 17 as all five Wizards starters reached double figures scoring.

Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 20 points apiece but the New York franchise just couldn't find any sort of rhythm after halftime to get themselves back into the tie.

Thunder 115, Pacers 111

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George all put on an absolute show last night as the Thunder came out victorious over the Pacers.

The fans in attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse were treated to an excellent encounter from both sides, as Westbrook grabbed yet another triple double, Durant played phenomenally and George helped himself to 45 points in a losing effort,

Westbrook had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his second triple-double in two nights and his 14th of the season. Durant finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds as the Thunder look to cement themselves in third place. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

Nets 103, Pistons 115

The Detroit Pistons needed help from their rotation as they overcame a sluggish performance last night to sneak out a win over Brooklyn.

With none of their starters exactly covering themselves in glory, the Pistons got the play they needed from the bench, with Anthony Toliver and Aron Baynes lifting them to their 36th win of the season. Tolliver finished with 17 points, including 4 of 7 from three, while Baynes helped himself to 21 - 17 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Thaddeus Young was the top performer for Brooklyn, finishing with 24 points and nine rebounds as the Nets lost their eighth game in ten. 

Nuggets 101, Hornets 93

D.J Augustin scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and the Denver Nuggets ended a three-game losing streak on the road as they handed the Charlotte Hornets a costly 101-93 defeat.

For a Hornets side looking for home-court advantage come the playoffs, a home loss isn't what they needed right now as they fell back to sixth in the East. Kemba Walker had a down game for them, scoring just 15 points on six-of-18 shooting.

The Nuggets stayed in 10th place in the West, with their own playoff hopes looking slim.

New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

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