AP – Patty Mills has top-scored for San Antonio but the Australian guard couldn’t stop a Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City Thunder ending the Spurs’ NBA winning streak at 19 games.
The Thunder prevailed 106-94 on Thursday in the match-up between the top two teams in the Western Conference, with Durant bagging 28 points to close in on an amazing record.
Durant scored at least 25 points for the 39th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times during the 1986-87 season.
Mills came off the bench to lead the way for the visitors on 8-for-13 shooting that included five three-pointers from seven attempts.
Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each added 17 for the Spurs – who had won their previous four games by an average of 23.5 points – while Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City are three games behind in the Western Conference with eight games remaining.
In Los Angeles, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and Jose Calderon added 19 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season 113-107.
Blake Griffin had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first triple-double of the season for the Clippers, who had won 17 of their previous 19, including four straight.
They beat the Mavs in their first three meetings of the season, coming from behind each time.
A night earlier, the Clippers came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Phoenix on the road, clinching their second straight Pacific Division title and third consecutive playoff berth.
They nearly pulled it off again.