Warriors & Spurs fight till the end to snatch home wins

San Antonio Spurs player Danny Green (left) steals the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook, on March 12, 2016.
San Antonio Spurs player Danny Green (left) steals the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook, on March 12, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

LOS ANGELES • The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs needed dominant fourth quarters on Saturday to keep their impressive National Basketball Association (NBA) home winning streaks alive.

Spurs guard Danny Green was an unlikely catalyst in San Antonio, where the Spurs trailed by two going into the final period but emerged with a 93-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green had missed all eight of his shots before draining a go-ahead three-pointer with 7min 19sec left that ignited the Spurs' finishing burst.

"(Green's) a pro and we made it clear to him there's only two outcomes - it goes in or it doesn't," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "He still gets his pay cheque. His family still loves him, so... let 'em fly - and he did."

The Spurs improved to 32-0 at home this season and have won 41 in a row dating back to last season.

In Oakland, California, the Warriors stretched their NBA record home-winning streak to 48 with their 30th home win this season - 123-116 over the Phoenix Suns.

But they, too, had to rally in the fourth quarter, overcoming a nine-point deficit after three quarters with the aid of a 14-0 fourth-quarter scoring run.

Superstar Stephen Curry, who missed most of the third quarter because of foul trouble, returned to score 15 points in the final frame.

Golden State trailed 105-108 before he launched the decisive run with a game-tying three-pointer with 5min 36sec remaining.

The Suns missed their next six shots as the Warriors had a dunk by reserve centre Marreese Speights, another by Harrison Barnes and another three-pointer from Curry that gave them a 115-108 lead.

Draymond Green stretched the lead to nine with a driving basket and Curry made two free throws to cap the 14-0 run.

Curry scored a game-high 35 points while Brandon Knight led the Suns with 30 points.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2016, with the headline 'Warriors & Spurs fight till the end to snatch home wins'. Print Edition | Subscribe