The San Antonio Spurs (65-15) look to tie the single-season home victory record Tuesday night when they play in a preview of a possible second-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-26).
San Antonio can no longer become the first team ever to go undefeated at home during the regular season after their loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday–which also ended the Spurs 48-game winning streak dating back to last season. San Antonio had not lost consecutive games all season until its current three-game slide that includes two defeats to a Golden State club on the verge of setting the NBA record for victories.
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With the record no longer in sight, the Spurs can still match the 1985-86 Boston Celtics with a 40-1 record. It will be a tough test as the Thunder come into town after they demolished the Los Angeles Lakers 112-79 on Monday behind the play of Russell Westbrook, who notched his 18th triple-double this season. Kevin Durant finished with 34 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter.
It’s highly possible the Spurs could meet the Thunder in the second round since San Antonio is seeded second and Oklahoma City is third. Home-court advantage could be key since the home team has taken all three 2015-16 matchups.
The last time these two met on March 26th, Gregg Popovich rested Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker in a 111-92 defeat. Jonathon Simmons and David West led the Spurs scoring 17 a piece.
Spurs and Thunder will be the first of a double-header on TNT. The game is scheduled to tip at 8:00 PM Eastern.