The Golden State Warriors notched their record-equalling 72nd victory of the NBA season, beating the Spurs in San Antonio 92-86 in a Western Conference heavyweight clash.
The reigning NBA champion Warriors improved to 72-9 matched the victory total of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Golden State can set a new mark with a home win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, the season’s final night at home in Oakland.
“We’ve got a great group of guys, that really sacrifice every single night,” Warriors star Stephen Curry, who scored 37 points, said of what it took to reach the milestone.
“We’re competitive, we’re hungry. We care about each other. I think we try to play the right way.”
According to NBA.com, the Warriors’ hopes of matching or exceeding the Bulls’ mark had dwindled with losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics this month.
Golden State eked out a 100-99 victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, but the clash with the Spurs, who were a perfect 39-0 at home this season going into the contest, was seen as a major hurdle.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr called it one of the team’s best wins of the season, as his players coped with the second night of a back-to-back in hostile territory.
“It was a true team win,” Kerr said. “Steph was just amazing and so was Draymond (Green). Particularly against the kind of defense that we saw, both guys were just brilliant.”
With that said, Kerr noted that the victory “means nothing come playoff time”.
San Antonio had won 48 straight regular-season games on their home floor dating back to last season, and the Warriors hadn’t won a regular-season game there since 1997.