The San Antonio Spurs no longer have a chance of becoming the first team to go unbeaten at home and will have to settle for being the second to finish 40-1.
They look to tie the single-season home victory record Tuesday night when they play in a preview of a possible second-round series against an Oklahoma City Thunder team that may rest stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
San Antonio (65-15) 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. That includes the Warriors' 92-86 victory Sunday that ended the Spurs' 48-game regular-season home win streak.
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Now San Antonio can only equal the 40-1 mark set by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics after shooting 37.8 percent for its second-lowest mark and allowing 57 second-half points.
“We just didn't have enough offense tonight, just didn't make some key shots,” forward David West said. “And then obviously I thought defensively, we had a few breakdowns.”
The only regular who rested was Tim Duncan, who had played in the previous five games. There's no word on who coach Gregg Popovich will rest Tuesday in this opener of a back-to-back set.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard added 20 and 13 for the Spurs, who saw improvement Sunday from the previous two losses.
“I think we didn't improve too much in the last two games,” guard Manu Ginobili said. “I think today we did. We got some good things done but now it's a matter of having a couple of good practices, keeping everybody healthy and rested and wait to see who we play.”
It's highly possible the Spurs could meet the Thunder (55-26) 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 Thunder come to town after crushing the Los Angeles Lakers 112-79 on Monday. They have lost five of their last six on the second half of a back-to-back set, with Durant resting on the last two such games and Westbrook in the last one. Neither has incentive to play Tuesday.
Durant scored 34 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter Monday, extending his streak with at least 20 to 64 games. It's the longest run since Michael Jordan's 69-game stretch in 1990-91.
“Passing the 20-point stuff, it didn't really move me like it moved everybody else,” Durant said. “I just liked the way I stayed with it the whole season, just continued to keep getting better and keep getting used to the offense game by game.”
Westbrook had a triple-double by halftime, his league-leading 18th of the season and 37th of his career. He finished with 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
The last time these teams met, Popovich rested Duncan, Ginobili, Aldridge, Leonard and Tony Parker in a 111-92 defeat March 26.