Thursday night game round-up: Warriors beat Spurs to go 70-9

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The Golden State Warriors made history last night by becoming only the second ever team to reach 70 regular season wins in a single season in the NBA. 

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 27 as he guided the Warriors to the 112-101 win at the Oracle Arena, on a night where Golden State triumphed over a strong San Antonio Spurs side thanks to their incredible efficiency.

The Warriors shot 54.2% from the field, 48% from three-point range and buried 90% of their free throws. No other team in the league can keep up with that kind of shooting. Curry was ably backed up by Harrison Barnes who scored 21 points and Draymond Green, who added 18.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich sprang something of a surprise when he decided to put out a full strength lineup. Kawhi Leonard top scored with 23 points for the Spurs, who will enter the playoffs next weekend as the second seed in the West.

Raptors 87, Hawks 95

In a game between the second and third best sides in the Eastern conference, it was the third seed who managed to come away with the win. 

The Hawks did pretty much everything right - executing their game plan perfectly - as they beat the Toronto Raptors for the first time in their four-game series this year.

Jeff Teague led all scorers with a crucial 23 points, and Kyle Korver added 14 of his own as the Hawks held on for a 95-87 victory on Thursday night at Phillips Arena. The win put the Hawks a half-game ahead of Boston for the third spot in the East.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each finished with 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 for the Raptors. Toronto has now lost two of their last three and slipped to three-and-a-half games behind the Cavaliers, cementing their 2nd seed.

Bulls 98, Heat 106

The Miami Heat played pretty much the perfect warm up game for the playoffs as they grabbed a win over the Chicago Bulls last night. 

Key defensive stops in the final minutes of the game, seven of the nine-man rotation reaching double figures in scoring and pulling away from Chicago in the second half meant everyone at the Heat will be pretty happy with the performance.

Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, Joe Johnson added 17, and Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside each had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Miami picked up their 46th win of the season. 

For Chicago, things look much bleaker, as they could be eliminated from playoff contention as soon as tonight in a season that just hasn't gone their way. Jimmy Butler had 25, Derrick Rose chipped in with 17 and Pau Gasol added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls.

Suns 124, Rockets 115

The Houston Rockets' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread as they managed a shock home loss to the second-worst team in the Western Conference last night.

Mirza Teletovic scored an excellent 26 points off the bench and he was ably assisted by PJ Tucker, Tyson Chandler, and Archie Goodwin, who finished the night with 24, 21, and 16 points, respectively for the Suns.

On the Rockets side of the ball, James Harden was the game's leading scorer with 30. The only problem for him was the fact that only two of his teammates reached double figures, with Trevor Ariza grabbing 22 points and Dwight Howard finishing with just 10.

Timberwolves 105, Kings 97

In a tale of two teams that have struggled all season, it was the team with the exciting young core - not the one with an All-Star center - that came away with the win. 

Karl-Anthony Towns had his 50th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points for the Timberwolves. The T'Wolves also had Gorgui Deng record a double-double as he managed 18 and 13, while Zach LaVine and Nemanja Bjelica both had 18 points in a night where Minnesota completed their first ever regular season clean sweep over Sacramento.

For the Kings, they were always going to struggle as head coach George Karl decided to rest their two best players in DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. With their leading scorer, rebounder and assist-maker out, the Kings did well just to keep this one within eight points.

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