SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-85 on Saturday night for their 41st straight home victory, the third-longest streak in NBA history.
The Spurs avenged a season-opening loss to the Thunder and made it 32 straight wins to open this season at home, where they haven’t lost in the regular season since last March.
Only Golden State, which had won 47 in a row entering Saturday, and the Chicago teams that won 44 straight in 1995-96 had longer streaks.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and Tim Duncan had 11 for San Antonio, which extended its lead over Oklahoma City (44-22) to 12 games for the second seed in the Western Conference.
Kevin Durant had 28 points for the Thunder.
The Spurs (56-10) rallied to extend their franchise best start, trailing entering the fourth quarter for just the fourth time in 32 home games this season. Leonard scored nine in the final period.
David West ignited the rally, scoring six straight points to tie the game at 72 with 9 minutes remaining. The veteran forward shouted encouragement to the team after his second basket and closed the run by rushing in to tip in his own missed short jumper.
West finished with eight points.
Leonard continued the momentum, going 4 for 7 in the fourth quarter. He faked a pass that Russell Westbrook didn’t react to, so the Spurs forward rose and drained an 18-foot jumper on the Oklahoma City point guard. Following a 3-pointer by Danny Green, Leonard crossed over Andre Roberson at the 3-point line and drained a 3 that gave San Antonio an 82-76 lead with 6:30 remaining.
The Thunder had a 15-5 run in the second quarter and handed San Antonio just its fourth halftime deficit of the season at home.
Westbrook finished with 19 points on 5-for-16 shooting.
Thunder: Oklahoma City is 53-22 since the start of the 2013-14 season with Durant, Westbrook, Roberson, Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka starting. . The Thunder beat the Spurs in the season opener for both teams, closing the game on a 22-9 run to win 112-106 in Oklahoma City.
Spurs: San Antonio set a league record by winning its 51st straight game when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent, breaking a tie with the 1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers. . Leonard or Aldridge has led the Spurs in scoring the past nine games, with the Spurs All-Star frontcourt sharing the honors once over that span. . San Antonio has led at the half in 27 home games this season, trailing just four times and tied once.