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San Antonio Spurs match record set by 1985-86 Boston Celtics with latest home win

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The San Antonio Spurs won their final home game of the 2015-16 regular season to match a record set by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. 

A strong Spurs team struggled to overcome an Oklahoma City Thunder line-up that was missing their two franchise stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. 

Kawhi  Leonard was the game-winner as he finished with 26 points, five assists, and as many rebounds as the Texas-based organisation moved to 40-1 for the season.

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Having lost their previous home game to the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio missed the chance to record the first unbeaten home season in NBA history. Although, their record at the AT&T Center caps a franchise-best year for the five-time champions. 

Their achievements through the campaign have been somewhat overshadowed by the Warriors, who are one win away from recording the best regular season record in history. 

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In truth, the Spurs were nothing short of dominant at home throughout the season. They were taken to overtime just once and dispensed of teams with relative ease on a nightly basis. 

Their average margin of victory was 13.9 points. There have been some huge margins of victory, such as the 31 point demolition of the Houston Rockets in January and the 37 point annihilation of the Utah Jazz before the turn of the year.

Oklahoma City Thunder  v San Antonio Spurs

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Gregg Popovich has often insisted regular season records mean nothing to the organisation and that winning the championship is all that matters. A view that has been echoed by his players on numerous occasions. 

Before they succumbed to defeat at the hands of Stephen Curry and co., coach Pop said: "What does it get you if you’re undefeated? Does it win you anything? That’s why it’s meaningless."

However, their imperious form on their home court, which saw them go 49 unbeaten in a run stretching back to last season, is a good marker for the upcoming postseason. 

San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Hornets

The Boston Celtics ended their 40-1 home campaign by seeing off the Houston Rockets in six in the Finals. San Antonio will be hoping their season can follow a similar trajectory. 

If anybody can stop the Golden State Warriors, who have lost just 29 games since October 2014, the Spurs are tipped to be that franchise. 

Over a seven game series, they have the perfect mix of skill, competitiveness, and experience to cause the defending champions problems and it is sure to be a fantastic matchup if, and hopefully, when, the two franchises come face-to-face.

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San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Kawhi Leonard

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