Sunday night game round-up: Warriors overcome Spurs to win 72nd game of the season

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The Golden State Warriors equalled the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' tally of 72 wins in a season with a 92-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Inflicting the Spurs' first home defeat for 48 games, Golden State is now one win away from a history-making 73-9 regular season record.

Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 37 points, including 20 in the second half. Klay Thompson added 14 as GSW won in San Antonio for the first time since 1997.

For San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Kawhi Leonard (20 points, 13 rebounds) were the only players to score more than eight points.

Box Score

Lakers 110, Rockets 130

The Houston Rockets kept their NBA playoff hopes alive with a 130-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

The Lakers were within two points early in the fourth quarter but a James Harden-inspired Houston pulled away late on.

The perennial All-Star scored 40 points on the night, 20 of which came in the fourth quarter. Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverley added 19 points apiece.

Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, dropped 35 points in his final visit to Houston before retirement, but couldn't prevent the Lakers losing a fifth-straight. Jordan Clarkson finished with 21 points.

Box Score

Mavericks 91, Clippers 98

The Los Angeles Clippers snapped the Dallas Mavericks' six-game winning streak by beating the Texas franchise 98-91.

The win improved the Clippers' own win streak to five games and means Dallas must wait to clinch their playoff spot.

Jamal Crawford top-scored with 22 points as five Clippers finished in double digits. DeAndre Jordan (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Blake Griffin (17 points, 11 rebounds) ended with double-doubles.

The Mavericks, whose biggest lead was just two points, were led by Raymond Felton's 21 points off the bench.

The defeat leaves Dallas in seventh place in the Western Conference needing one more win to secure postseason basketball.

Box Score

Nets 105, Pacers 129 

The Indiana Pacers secured a spot in the 2016 playoffs with a commanding 129-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Indiana led by as many as 42 points on Sunday night in a game where their bench contributed 70 points. 28 of those came from rookie Myles Turners who also added 10 rebounds.

Five other Pacers players finished in double figures, including Paul George who scored 15 points in just 22 minutes of play.

The Nets, who never led in the game, were led by Sean Kilpatrick with 26 points. Markel Brown added an 18 point, 11 rebound double-double.

Box Score

Jazz 100, Nuggets 84

The Utah Jazz came away from Denver with a crucial 100-84 victory over the Nuggets, thanks in large part to a dominant third quarter.

The Jazz scored 24 unanswered points at one point in the penultimate period - turning a 62-58 deficit with 6:56 to play in the third quarter into an 82-62 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

All five Utah starters scored in double figures as George Hayward and Trey Lyles top-scored with 22 apiece.

For Denver, Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic both finished with 19 points.

The win leaves Utah one game ahead of the Rockets in eighth place in the West.

Box Score

Magic 96, Heat 118

The Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic 118-96 in their final home game of the regular season.

Luol Deng top-scored for Miami with 20 points, while Dwyane Wade added 17 in just 24 minutes of action. Hassan Whiteside, meanwhile, responded to being recalled to the starting lineup with an 18 point, 15 rebound double-double.

Goran Dragic (19 points) and Gerald Green (15 points) also enjoyed high-scoring nights.

The Magic's Evan Fournier had a game-high 22 points but it wasn't enough for Orlando who has now lost three of their four meetings with the Heat this season.

Box Score

Hornets 98, Wizards 113

The Washington Wizards came out on top 113-98 against the Charlotte Hornets in a game that had 11 lead changes.

Marcin Gortat (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Ramon Sessions (15 points, 11 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles for the Wizards. Marcus Thornton added 16 points in an upset win that came without John Wall.

For the Hornets, Frank Kaminsky scored 18 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds.

The defeat was Charlotte's third in five games and dents their chances of securing home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Box Score

Raptors 93, Knicks 89

The Toronto Raptors moved to within two games of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the top of the Eastern Conference courtesy of a close fought 93-89 win over the New York Knicks.

A three-point play from DeMar DeRozan put the Raptors in the lead with just over one minute to play and they held to secure a franchise record 23rd road win of the season.

DeRozan finished with 27 points on the night, while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas added 15 and 14 respectively.

Carmelo Anthony top-scored for the Knicks with 25 points but couldn't prevent the New York franchise losing its final home game of the season.

Box Score

Bucks 109, 76ers 108

The Milwaukee Bucks outscored the Philadelphia 76ers 11-10 in overtime to come away from the Wells Fargo Center with a 109-108 victory.

Khris Middleton, returning from a three-game absence, led the way with 36 points for Milwaukee. John Henson added 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

The Sixers made up an 18 point deficit in regulation but missed three shots on their final possession in overtime to come away empty handed. 

Ish Smith top-scored for Philadelphia with 22 points while Nerlins Noel finished on a 18 point, 13 rebound double-double.

Box Score

Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Miami Heat
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Washington Wizards
Dallas Mavericks
Brooklyn Nets
Atlantic Division
Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Indiana Pacers
Utah Jazz
Northwest Division
Philadelphia 76ers
Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets
L.A. Lakers

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