Warriors clinch number one seed and 70th win, Hawks down Raptors


The Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference courtesy of a 112-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs. 

With Thursday's win, the Warriors claimed home-court advantage throughout the NBA play-offs, also avoiding back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Defending champions the Warriors are now 70-9 and need to win their next three games to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-record of most victories in a regular season.

Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 27 points, helped by Harrison Barnes (21 points) and Draymond Green (18 points).

The Spurs (65-13) - second behind the Warriors in the Western Conference - were led by Kawhi Leonard's 23 points.

The Atlanta Hawks trumped the Toronto Raptors 95-87.

Jeff Teague scored 23 points and Kyle Korver added 14 as the Hawks stayed third in the Eastern Conference, behind the second-placed Raptors.

Paul Millsap was also in fine form for the Hawks, posting 13 points and 14 rebounds in a double-double performance.

DeMar DeRozan (16 points), Kyle Lowry (16 points) and Jonas Valanciunas (13 points) led the way for the Raptors. 

Elsewhere, the Miami Heat upstaged the Chicago Bulls 106-98.

A total of seven players posted double-figure points for the Heat, with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic managing double-doubles of 16 points and 12 rebounds each, while Dwyane Wade scored 21 points.

Jimmy Butler (25 points) and Pau Gasol (21) were the top scorers for the Bulls. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves won back-to-back on the road for the first time since November after a 105-97 win over the Sacramento Kings. 

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns ended their seven-game losing streak with a 124-115 win against the Houston Rockets.