The Spurs’ 87-73 win at Seattle on Friday was their ninth straight, and moved them within a victory of matching the Los Angeles Lakers for the longest win streak in the league this season.
The streak is San Antonio’s longest since it winning 11 straight last season. The club record for consecutive victories is 17, established during the 1995-96 season.
Tim Duncan had 27 points and 20 rebounds against the SuperSonics for his league-leading 22nd double-double of the season. The reigning two-time MVP is shooting 60 percent (33-for-55) from the field in his last three games while averaging 26 points.
The Spurs are thriving because of their defense. They allow a NBA-low 83 points per game this season, and have held the opposition below 40 percent from the field in the last eight games.
The Blazers are coming off a 101-94 home victory over Phoenix, only their second win in six games. Zach Randolph had 29 points and 20 rebounds for Portland, which lost a big lead and had a dismal second half in losing 106-99 to visiting Milwaukee on Tuesday.
“We kind of weathered the storm,” Portland’s Wesley Person said. “But we’ll take it. It’s not pretty, but if you want to be a good team, you’ve got to win tough games like this and keep fighting.”
Randolph was 10-of-23 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. Seven of his 20 rebounds came on the offensive end, and he had his 13th double-double of the season and his 15th game with at least 20 points.
“He’s a great player,” Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I don’t know what they think of him, whether he is their future or whatever, but he’s a good one.”