The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA record with their 38th consecutive home win this year after defeating the injury-hit New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
The 100-92 victory means the Spurs are a perfect 38-0 at home, beating the record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. The win saw them move to a 63-12 record, tying their highest win total in franchise history.
To add to the impressive stats, this was the team's 47th straight home win dating back to last season, which is the second-best record in the NBA.
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The Spurs are enjoying a remarkable campaign and but for the historic period the Golden State Warriors are having, it would be receiving the acknowledgement it deserves.
In San Antonio, however, the numbers don't seem to mean too much.
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"It doesn't mean anything," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. "Absolutely nothing. Maybe a cup of coffee, maybe."
Tony Parker echoed his coach's words and stressed that the only thing that is remembered is who hoists the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.
“The only thing I see is that we can try and win a championship,” Tony Parker said, via ESPN. “I don’t really think about having a good regular season, how many games we won. It doesn’t matter, because, at the end of the day, the only thing you remember is how many championships you won.”
The reactions are not surprising, the Spurs have never cared too much about regular season accomplishments and finishing 41-0 at home for the entire campaign isn't a priority either. Popovich will be expected to rest his starters more in the final games of the season like he did against the Oklahoma City Thunder last weekend.
“I know it is something very hard to accomplish, but it shouldn’t take away anything if you go 40-1. It’s just one game,” Manu Ginobili said. “Besides that, we are playing great and have had a great season so far, and we’ve got to keep building because the playoffs are a couple weeks away, and that’s when we want to be the best team we can be.”
San Antonio was boosted by the return of Kawhi Leonard after a three-game absence due to a bruised right quadricep and he didn't appear to show any ill effects, putting up 16 points in 22 minutes of action.
"He looked like he hadn't missed a beat," said Popovich. "He's ready to go, we just limited his minutes tonight to make sure that everything's OK. He'll probably get back to normal on Saturday, minutes-wise I mean."
The Texas-based outfit has seven games remaining, with only three of those at home against the Toronto Raptors, Golden State and the Thunder.