The Spurs laid the foundation for their success in Oklahoma City before the break. They were 73:58 ahead at half-time. In the final minute, the hosts closed the gap to 106:111. “We were a bit careless in between, but overall it was a good performance,” summarized Pöltl. For his coach Gregg Popovich, the 114:106 was the 1,333rd win in the NBA. Popovich is the sole second in the all-time ranking. Don Nelson holds 1335 hits and will likely be replaced at the top soon.
Because of the All-Star weekend in Cleveland, the league is taking a break from Friday through Wednesday next week. San Antonio is back in action on February 25 with a stint with the Washington Wizards.
The Boston Celtics ended a nine-game winning streak against latecomers Detroit Pistons with a score of 111:112. NBA leader Phoenix Suns struggled to a 124-121 against the Houston Rockets, who bring up the rear in the Western Conference. Chris Paul had to leave the floor prematurely after two technical fouls against him in the third quarter. After three bankruptcies in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers came back to full success with a 106:101 against Utah Jazz. The Portland Trail Blazers, after a 123-119 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, remain two wins ahead of San Antonio in tenth place in the NBA West and still in position to participate in the play-in.
Oklahoma City Thunder – San Antonio Spurs (20 Punkte, Karrierebestleistung 17 Rebounds, 5 Assists in 31:38 Minuten von Jakob Pöltl) 106:114, Orlando Magic – Atlanta Hawks 109:130, Boston Celtics – Detroit Pistons 111:112, Indiana Pacers – Washington Wizards 113:108, New York Knicks – Brooklyn Nets 106:111, Chicago Bulls – Sacramento Kings 125:118, Memphis Grizzlies – Portland Trail Blazers 119:123, Minnesota Timberwolves – Toronto Raptors 91:103, Phoenix Suns – Houston Rockets 124:121, Golden State Warriors – Denver Nuggets 116:117, Los Angeles Lakers – Utah Jazz 106:101.