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LOS ANGELES, (AFP) – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the Golden State Warriors to a magnificent come-from-behind victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday on a record-breaking night for Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
Curry and Thompson – the fabled “Splash Brothers’’ of the Warriors offense – combined for 52 points as the Dubs overturned a 29-7 deficit to secure a 110-98 win over their Western Conference rivals.
The win saw Golden State tighten their grip on the top seed position in the conference standings, improving to 61-14 as second-placed San Antonio slipped to 57-17.
The Warriors victory hands the Oakland franchise a psychological boost as they head into the playoffs next month, where they could ultimately face San Antonio for a place in the NBA Finals.
“We’re on the right track,’’ Curry said.
“We don’t win a championship in this game but we understand we’re getting better as we get to the playoffs and that’s really the only focus right now. We want to keep it up.’’
Curry finished with 29 points while Thompson weighed in with 23. Andre Iguodala (14) and David West (15) also posted double figure tallies for the Dubs.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was blunt in his assessment of the game, describing the Warriors as the best team in the NBA.
“They played great, they all played great,’’ Popovich said. ‘’They just played better. Curry, Thompson – they all made shots. That’s why they’re the best team in the league.’’
In Orlando meanwhile, Oklahoma star Westbrook was feted with loud chants of “MVP, MVP’’ by Orlando Magic fans after an electrifying performance.
Westbrook finished with 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as the Thunder rolled to a 114-106 win in overtime at Orlando’s Amway Center.
It was Westbrook’s fourth consecutive triple-double and his 38th of an incredible season. It also set a new record as the highest-scoring triple-double in NBA history.
The 28-year-old is now just three shy of equalling Oscar Robertson’s longstanding NBA record for triple-doubles in a single season.