Spurs' home winning streak reaches 40
SAN ANTONIO (AP):
San Antonio stretched their home winning streak to 40 games by downing an undermanned Chicago 109-101 on Thursday to inch closer towards NBA pacesetters Golden State.
The Spurs, who won their last nine home games last season, are 31-0 on their home court in this campaign, and moved within three games of the Warriors. Both those teams have already secured their playoff berths with weeks remaining in the regular season.
Toronto also closed in on a playoff berth, boosting their lead in the Atlantic Division to five games by downing Atlanta.
San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard had 29 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 10 rebounds.
The Spurs have their best-ever record after 65 games at 55-10.
Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol had 21 points each for the Bulls, who were without Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and Cameron Bairstow due to injury.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan had 30 points in a 104-96 win against Atlanta.
Toronto turned the ball over nine times before the game was 13 minutes old, but did a much better job of holding on to it the rest of the way in winning its 14th of the past 15 at home.
Kyle Lowry had 19 points and seven assists for the Raptors.
Al Horford's 20 points was top for the Hawks, who dropped 1-1/2 games behind Southeast Division leader Miami, and into a virtual tie with Charlotte.
Cleveland's LeBron James came out on top in his last-ever competitive game against another all-time great in the retiring Kobe Bryant as the Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-108.
Denver's Emmanuel Mudiay scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Nuggets to a 116-98 win against Phoenix.