SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs continued their dominance at home, even against the NBA’s most dominant team.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 87-79 on Saturday night to remain perfect at the AT&T Center this season and extend their home winning streak over the defending champions to 33 straight regular-season games.
The Spurs held the Warriors to a season-low point total, using a bruising defense to slow Stephen Curry in a tense showdown between the league’s top two teams.
“They’re a great team, they’re the bar in the NBA and it just felt good to win tonight,” Aldridge said.
San Antonio (59-10) moved within three games of Golden State (62-7) for the league’s top seed with two meetings remaining in April.
Kawhi Leonard added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won 44 straight at home in the regular season.
San Antonio did it by having Tim Duncan come off the bench for only the third time in his career to counter Golden State’s smaller lineup.
The Spurs normally make opposing teams react to what they’re doing, but they have never faced a team like the Warriors. Golden State can still set the single-season record with 73 victories if it closes the season 11-2.
“No, they’re just a different type of team,” San Antonio guard Danny Green said. “There’s a reason they were champions last year and the No. 1 team right now. They’re an anomaly. They have everybody that can shoot big baskets for them.”
That made Golden State’s futility Saturday that much more surprising. The Spurs held Curry to 14 points while limiting him to 1-for-12 shooting on 3-pointers.
“Tonight we executed well on the defensive end, but offensively I didn’t allow us to get comfortable offensively,” Curry said. “I’ve got to play a lot better, manage the game a lot better, especially if certain shots that I normally make aren’t falling. You’ve got to be able to adjust and find different ways to impact the game.”
Curry was continually harassed by Green, who blocked two shots while holding the MVP front-runner to 4-for-18 shooting.
“I thought Steph missed a few early that he normally makes and he never really got in a rhythm and that happens,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry missed his first seven 3-point attempts and was blocked for the first time this season from long range when Green rose to stuff the mercurial guard 2 minutes into the second quarter.
Golden State had seven turnovers in the first half and finished with 11 in remaining winless in San Antonio during the regular season since 1997, the season before Duncan was drafted.
Heat 122, Cavaliers 101
In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 24 points to surpass 20,000 for his career, Josh Richardson added 19 and the Heat never trailed in beating Cleveland.
Thunder 115, Pacers 111
In Indianapolis, Russell Westbrook had his second triple-double in two nights, Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Oklahoma City overcame Paul George’s 45 points to beat the Pacers.
Nuggets 101, Hornets 93
In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and Denver snapped a three-game road losing streak.
Grizzlies 113, Clippers 102
In Memphis, Zach Randolph recorded his first career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Hawks 109, Rockets 97
In Atlanta, Al Horford scored 22 points and the streaking Hawks continued to feast on Western Conference teams.
Bulls 92, Utah 85
In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 22 points to lead the short-handed Bulls past Utah
Wizards 99, Knicks 89
In Washington, John Wall had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Wizards rallied from an 18-point, second-quarter deficit.
Pistons 115, Nets 103
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Anthony Tolliver scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Aron Baynes scored 17 of his 21 in the fourth quarter.