The most impressive team of midterm NBA is not the champion Golden State, but San Antonio, which signed its eleventh straight victory Sunday against Dallas 112-83.
The Spurs collect records: with their hated rivals demonstration against the Mavericks, they chained a 33rd straight win at home, including 24 this season.
Tim Duncan and his teammates better matched the first season of their history, with 36 wins and six losses, as in 2010-11.
Stronger still, they won eleven of their 36 wins with at least 25 points ahead of the never-seen in their history.
Three days after their prestigious victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James (99-95), Gregg Popovich’s players have put a quarter-time to regain their effectiveness in defense.
They then outscored the Mavericks (35.8% of shooting success) and Dirk Nowitzki, limited to four points.
Tony Parker, prominent against Detroit (31 pts) and Cleveland (24 pts), was this time merely two points and was struck in the end because of new game in hip pain.
But the strength of San Antonio is its collective: LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 23 points and seven rebounds.
The Spurs returned to the Golden State heels (37 v 4-d), which has lost two of its last three matches and went Monday in Cleveland for the first time since the 2015 Final.
For its part, Oklahoma City dominated Miami 99-74 with Russell Westbrook, who scored his second “triple double” (three categories of statistics to ten units and more) with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Thunder is third in the Western Conference, well away from Golden State and San Antonio, with 30 wins and twelve losses.
Finally, Houston continues its recovery with a sixth success in his last seven outings, this time in the hall of the Lakers (112-95) thanks to 31 points from James Harden.
. Player of the Day: Russell Westbrook. The boss in Oklahoma City is now the N.0 and not Kevin Durant. Westbrook has plagued Miami with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, his fifth “triple double” of the season, his 16th since October 2014, almost double the runner up in the rankings, Draymond Green (9).
. The “stats” of the day: 6244, issued by the assists Kobe Bryant since his debut in the NBA. The star of the Lakers, who will end his career in April, surpassed with nine assists in the defeat against Houston another legend of the franchise in California, Jerry West (6238), but remains far from the assists record for a player of the Lakers, Magic Johnson (10.141).
. The French daily Boris Diaw. The statistics from the San Antonio International French were down compared to the last three seasons, but he delivered one of the best performances of 2015-16 against Dallas he finished with 16 points (54.5 % success), 3 assists and 3 rebounds in just 16 minutes of presence on the floor.