Spurs take flawless road record to Washington

Spurs top Boston 109-103 on Leonard's 25 points 10 rebounds

One question to consider when building a lineup for Friday: do you load up on players from teams expected to win in dominant fashion?

Stephen Curry scored 24 points in the Warriors' 10th consecutive victory.

"It was a great win for us against the really active team", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after the Spurs (13-3) extended three winning streaks with the hard-fought victory. And the Celtics lost 109-103 at TD Garden. It wasn't a ideal performance, but those peripheral contributions - including some very promising play from rookie Davis Bertans - hint at the untapped potential this team still has. But with just 44 seconds left, Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart miscommunicated and found themselves guarding space in the paint instead of Patty Mills. He leads the Spurs in scoring with 25.1 points per game. But then again, Aldridge will have his hands full trying to stay with Al as well. The Nets would pull within 39-35 during the second quarter, but it was the closest they would come to challenging Indiana. They did. One problem: They didn't box out LaMarcus Aldridge, who got the offensive rebound and helped the Spurs kill the rest of the clock.

Spurs top Boston 109-103 on Leonard's 25 points 10 rebounds
Spurs take flawless road record to Washington

"I felt like we played good, but we had some moments where we weren't consistent, " said Al Horford, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. "They're a hard team to guard". They entered the meeting undefeated on the road, with a superstar in Kawhi Leonard who can do just about anything and a rotation overflowing with experience and skill.

The Wizards lost an early 19-point lead as they took advantage of 15 Magic turnovers in the first half. "As long as we have that mindset that we are going to defend and that we are going to be tougher, we have to do a better job of rebounding and if we had rebounded I think it would have been a bigger margin than what it was". A 119-114 win in Charlotte on Wednesday pushed the Spurs' road mark to 8-0, tying them with 2010-11 team for the best start away from home in franchise history.

If you listen, you can hear even the Boston crowd impressed with that shot. JBL cutting-edge wireless headphones and speakers are how you feel like you're there. Our goal was attack the paint and I thought we attacked the paint all night. You can't make the mistakes that we made, second-chance points, turning the ball over. "Against the really good teams we just can't have those lapses. So, we feel great to get out of here with a win".

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Are the Celtics, now 9-7, making improvements in the eyes of Stevens?

"We are playing better", added Stevens. "I don't know exactly where to put [the Spurs] on the spectrum of where we ultimately need to be, but we're getting better". The Spurs enter Friday leading the National Basketball Association with a 39.7-percent mark from beyond the arc and an 84-percent showing from the charity stripe, numbers they bolstered in the win over the Hornets by going 13-of-31 from long distance and 18-of-20 on free throws.

The San Antonio bench totaled 56 points and 17 rebounds, with Patty Mills scoring 19 points and rookie Davis Bertans and veteran David Lee adding 15 points apiece - a career high for Bertans and season high for Lee, who turned back the clock and also grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in just 17:31 of playing time.

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