Nowitzki passes Chamberlain on National Basketball Association scoring list; Spurs register ninth straight win

Rex Christensen
March 21, 2019

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 49 points to pace the Spurs, but it was a collective effort on the defensive end of the floor that fueled the win against the defending champs.

Klay Thompson scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Warriors - who won again without Kevin Durant, who is out with a sprained right ankle. "[They are] obviously really well coached, and they're executing, and I thought they out-executed us, out-coached us, and they deserved to win". Teams are figuring out how to play them different, and they definitely are.

"But a tough game all the way around, we fought hard the whole time". The veteran center, who was signed last week after completing the season in Australia's National Basketball League, was not with the Warriors at shootaround as he took a physical, but got the starting nod against the Spurs.

"I'm gonna play him", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.

The Spurs' recent surge has helped them gain ground on the teams at the top of the standings, and Monday night's win over the Warriors helped San Antonio leap frog Oklahoma City after the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder fell to the Heat at home. Bogut spent four seasons with Golden State before rejoining the team March 6 as a free agent. After Curry's 61-footer silenced the crowd to close out the quarter, San Antonio responded with steady doses of Aldridge and Rudy Gay, taking a 58-47 lead at halftime.

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Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets punched their ticket to the postseason by rallying past the Boston Celtics 114-105.

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki swished a 20-foot jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter, passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list - but it wasn't enough for the Dallas Mavericks.

"I might be delusional, but every time I shoot it, I feel like it's going in", Curry said.

In Toronto, Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had13 points and 12 assists as the Raptors pounded NY.

Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points for the Thunder, who shot a season worst 32 percent from the field.

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