Spurs set NBA record with 38 straight wins at home

San Antonio Spurs win 38 straight game at home, beating New Orleans by 100-92 and setting new NBA record

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San Antonio Spurs guards Tony Parker, right, and Manu Ginobili react to a foul call against the Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Spurs set the NBA record with their 38th straight home victory to open the season and matched the highest win total in franchise history.

And none of them cared.

Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and the Spurs beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 100-92 on Wednesday night to win their 47th straight home game overall dating to last season.

''It doesn't mean anything,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. ''Absolutely nothing. Maybe a cup of coffee, maybe.''

That's more than the rest of the Spurs would expect.

''It doesn't matter to me,'' San Antonio point guard Tony Parker said. ''No. Championship [is all that matters].''

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, of France, drives for a layup against New Orleans Pelicans defenders in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in San Antonio.

San Antonio topped the 37-0 start by the Chicago Bulls during their record 72-victory season in 1995-96. Golden State (67-7) has an existing 36-game home winning streak to open the season, giving the Warriors a chance to end up with the record or match it.

The Warriors and Spurs play twice in the coming two weeks, facing off on each other's home court with their home streaks possibly on the line.

The Spurs are 63-12, matching the franchise record for victories set in 2005-06.

''If you're going to go undefeated at home, you've got to be a team that has championship potential,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''Obviously, [the Spurs] have championship potential. They've proven that over the last 15 years.''

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points in 22 minutes during his return from a three-game absence, showing no discomfort after bruising his right quadriceps on March 23. The 6-foot-7 forward hit three long jumpers to open the game, including his only 3-pointer in five attempts.

''He looked like he hadn't missed a beat,'' Popovich said. ''He's ready to go, we just limited his minutes tonight to make sure that everything's OK. He'll probably get back to normal on Saturday, minutes-wise I mean.''

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry before an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in San Antonio (AP)

Danny Green finished with 16 points, going 4 for 6 on 3-pointers on a hot-shooting night behind the arc for San Antonio. The Spurs were 12 for 24 on 3s.

Ginobili was 5 for 6 on 3-pointers, including 3 for 4 in the first half.

Alexis Ajinca had 18 points for New Orleans, which was without nine players due to injury. Jordan Hamilton added 14 points in his first start in his third game with the team.

''We can't focus on [their injuries],'' Parker said ''We have to focus on what we have to do to get ready for the playoffs.''

New Orleans remained within seven points throughout the first half, but San Antonio wore down the short-handed Pelicans in the second half. The Spurs had 13 players log at least six minutes against the Pelicans' nine-player bench.

San Antonio outscored New Orleans 27-16 in the third quarter, picking up assists on eight of its 12 field goals.


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