Phoenix Suns Suns win 13th straight, rolling past Spurs 115-111 ‘This is what winning feels like,’ Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said after his team continued its surprising mastery over San Antonio in overtime. Photograph: Gary A. Vasquez/NBAE via Getty Images
The Phoenix Suns broke San Antonio’s 16-game winning streak on Tuesday night, defeating the Spurs 115-111 in overtime. It was the 11th straight victory in the series for the Suns, who improved to 21-31 while ending the Spurs’ record run that dated back to January 9.
Tim Duncan put San Antonio up with a driving layup with 20 seconds left in regulation but the Suns held their ground in overtime on a pair of mid-range jumpers by Devin Booker. Marcin Gortat added a floater as time expired in regulation, making it 110-110.
The winning shot came on a miss by Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and the ensuing inbounds play saw Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton pump it in for the extra point. Leonard had a chance to tie in the final 10 seconds but his long jumper fell short. Ayton finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks.
The Suns had beaten the Spurs 101-101 on Monday night and started the streak on 4 March. The Spurs had won 38 straight at home and had a NBA-record 22 straight wins to start a season.
Marcin Gortat also scored 31 points for the Suns while Eric Bledsoe added 24, including a 17-point fourth quarter. The Spurs shot 42% and never led in the extra period.
Golden State Warriors 118 Memphis Grizzlies 103
Kevin Durant scored 24 points to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors remain in second place in the Western Conference standings, but their lead has been trimmed to two games over the Houston Rockets.
The win could make things even more difficult for the Rockets as they prepare to face James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Stephen Curry added 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Warriors. Curry returned from a two-game absence due to a sprained ankle to top off his MVP campaign.
With his 18th point, Curry passed Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the NBA’s career scoring list. Curry passed Robertson during Golden State’s 18-6 run that opened the fourth quarter, helping them build a 25-point lead in the game that ended with the Warriors up 108-84.
The Warriors had already clinched the Pacific Division with 19 games remaining and they set a franchise record for consecutive home games with an NBA-record 104. They are also unbeaten in regulation at home this season. Draymond Green had 14 points and 15 rebounds and Klay Thompson added 17 points. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 29 points.
Utah Jazz 96 Orlando Magic 89
Donovan Mitchell scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half to help the Utah Jazz beat the Orlando Magic 96-89 on Tuesday.
Ricky Rubio had 18 points and eight assists, Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Royce O’Neale added 15 points and six rebounds as the Jazz (39-34) had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Jamal Crawford scored 15 points, Trey Burke had 12 and Mo Williams added 11 for the Jazz, who stayed in fifth place in the Western Conference. They are 2½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who also have 40 victories.
Buddy Hield scored 19 points and Nikola Vucevic added 18 for the Magic (24-44), who are two games shy of a 25-win season for the second straight year.