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Warriors showing late-season fatigue

OAKLAND, Calif. — The margin of error is gone.

If the Warriors want to break the Bulls' single-season wins record of 72, they must win their final four games starting with tonight's showdown at home against the Spurs.

The bigger priority down the stretch is securing the top seed in the Western Conference, which can be done with a combination of two Warriors wins or Spurs losses, and getting their game back in top form for the start of the postseason next week.

With two losses in their past three home games, a recent uptick in turnovers and a loss of defensive intensity, the grinding NBA season is finally showing signs of taking its toll on the Warriors (69-9).

"It's a miracle that we've gone this far without hitting a bump in the road," coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. "This is to be expected. Every team goes through it. It's just probably surprising for people out there and maybe even our own guys because this season has maybe come too easy for us."

The past weeks have gotten tougher. Tuesday night's 124-117 overtime loss to the Timberwolves was Golden State's fourth in the past month after it lost five times in the first four months.

Despite that, the Warriors can break Chicago's record of 72 wins set in 1995-96 by beating the Spurs tonight, sweeping a weekend road trip to Memphis and San Antonio then winning at home against the depleted Grizzlies next Wednesday.

"The record is great," center Andrew Bogut said. "We'll obviously have balloons and celebrate for a good five-minute period if we get it. Then you have a playoff series to win and a championship to try to win. In the grand scheme of things, it's small potatoes."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Reggie Jackson scored 24 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 to help lead the visiting Pistons to a 108-104 win over the Magic. Detroit remained a half-game behind the Pacers for the No. 7 spot in the East. … Paul George scored 29 and C.J. Miles added 21, helping the host Pacers blow out the Cavaliers — with LeBron James getting the night off — 123-109. … Ramon Sessions scored 18 and had a season-high 13 assists while starting in place of the injured John Wall to help the host Wizards defeat the Nets 121-103 and stay mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

HINKIE STEPS DOWN: 76ers GM Sam Hinkie resigned after turning the team into one of the worst in NBA history. Hinkie didn't last three full seasons and left the Sixers at a league-worst 10-68. Philadelphia went 19-63 in his first season and 18-64 last season. Hinkie ran an analytics-minded front office and stripped the organization of major talent, hoping to bottom out and get lottery picks. His power was weakened in December when longtime NBA executive Jerry Colangelo became chairman of basketball operations.

SLOAN AILING: Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan said he has Parkinson's disease and a form of dementia. Sloan, 74, who coached the Jazz from 1988-2011, told the Salt Lake Tribune that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia last fall.

Pistons 108, Magic 104

DETROIT (108): Harris 5-11 1-2 13, Morris 3-11 2-4 9, Drummond 5-14 3-6 13, Jackson 7-18 9-11 24, Caldwell-Pope 7-10 2-3 18, Bullock 5-9 0-0 13, Blake 1-3 0-0 3, Tolliver 2-5 1-3 6, Baynes 4-5 1-2 9. Totals 39-86 19-31 108.

ORLANDO (104): Fournier 7-15 5-5 19, Gordon 3-10 0-2 6, Dedmon 0-0 0-0 0, Payton 8-13 1-1 17, Oladipo 5-13 5-7 16, Hezonja 3-5 0-0 6, Vucevic 7-14 1-2 15, Jennings 2-5 0-0 5, Nicholson 5-7 2-2 14, Smith 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 43-90 14-19 104.

Detroit 25 19 29 35— 108

Orlando 21 30 26 27— 104

3-Point GoalsDetroit 11-27 (Bullock 3-6, Harris 2-3, Caldwell-Pope 2-3, Blake 1-3, Jackson 1-4, Tolliver 1-4, Morris 1-4), Orlando 4-15 (Nicholson 2-2, Oladipo 1-2, Jennings 1-3, Payton 0-1, Gordon 0-2, Fournier 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 55 (Drummond 16), Orlando 56 (Vucevic 13). AssistsDetroit 24 (Blake, Bullock 6), Orlando 25 (Payton 5). Total FoulsDetroit 16, Orlando 23. A16,553 (18,500).

Pacers 123, Cavaliers 109

CLEVELAND (109): Shumpert 0-4 4-4 4, Love 5-13 10-10 23, Mozgov 0-0 4-4 4, Irving 11-18 3-4 26, Smith 4-7 2-2 10, Thompson 4-5 1-2 9, Frye 2-5 4-4 10, Dellavedova 2-6 0-0 4, Jefferson 3-7 3-4 10, Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Jones 2-3 0-0 5, Kaun 1-1 0-0 2, McRae 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-74 31-34 109.

INDIANA (123): George 10-17 5-6 29, Allen 3-4 1-2 7, Mahinmi 5-7 5-6 15, G.Hill 4-8 0-0 9, Ellis 5-11 2-3 13, Turner 0-1 0-0 0, S.Hill 6-9 0-0 15, Stuckey 2-8 3-3 8, J.Hill 3-4 0-0 6, Miles 7-9 1-2 21, Robinson III 0-0 0-0 0, Whittington 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 45-80 17-22 123.

Cleveland 33 28 21 27— 109

Indiana 36 34 26 27— 123

3-Point GoalsCleveland 8-29 (Love 3-5, Frye 2-5, Jones 1-1, Jefferson 1-5, Irving 1-5, Smith 0-1, Dellavedova 0-1, Shumpert 0-3, Williams 0-3), Indiana 16-31 (Miles 6-8, George 4-9, S.Hill 3-4, G.Hill 1-1, Ellis 1-2, Stuckey 1-5, Young 0-2). ReboundsCleveland 38 (Love, Thompson 5), Indiana 44 (Mahinmi 8). AssistsCleveland 15 (Irving 6), Indiana 25 (Ellis 8). Total FoulsCleveland 19, Indiana 24. A18,165 (18,165).

Wizards 121, Nets 103

BROOKLYN (103): Hollis-Jefferson 2-7 2-2 7, Bogdanovic 2-12 0-0 4, Robinson 10-16 3-5 23, Larkin 4-9 1-2 9, Ellington 5-10 0-0 14, Kilpatrick 4-11 6-6 15, Sims 4-6 0-0 8, Sloan 0-5 0-0 0, Brown 5-10 3-5 13, McCullough 3-6 3-4 10. Totals 39-92 18-24 103.

WASHINGTON (121): Porter 6-9 3-4 15, Morris 4-13 1-2 9, Gortat 6-10 4-4 16, Sessions 7-13 2-2 18, Beal 11-15 0-0 25, Temple 3-8 2-2 10, Nene 5-8 3-4 13, Dudley 1-4 0-0 2, Oubre Jr. 3-6 0-0 7, Hickson 0-1 0-0 0, Gooden 2-5 0-0 4, Eddie 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 48-95 17-20 121.

Brooklyn 23 29 23 28— 103

Washington 30 24 34 33— 121

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 7-18 (Ellington 4-7, Hollis-Jefferson 1-2, McCullough 1-2, Kilpatrick 1-3, Sims 0-1, Brown 0-1, Bogdanovic 0-2), Washington 8-28 (Beal 3-7, Temple 2-3, Sessions 2-3, Oubre Jr. 1-4, Dudley 0-2, Gooden 0-2, Morris 0-2, Porter 0-2, Eddie 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 48 (Robinson 10), Washington 61 (Gortat 12). AssistsBrooklyn 26 (Larkin 8), Washington 36 (Sessions 13). A16,846.

Celtics 104, Pelicans 97

NEW ORLEANS (97): Cunningham 0-6 2-2 2, Ajinca 4-9 2-2 10, Asik 0-2 2-2 2, Douglas 7-13 3-3 19, Ennis 5-6 1-1 13, Frazier 7-14 3-3 18, Perkins 1-4 1-2 3, Babbitt 5-13 4-6 16, Hamilton 5-11 2-2 14. Totals 34-78 20-23 97.

BOSTON (104): Crowder 4-13 4-4 14, Johnson 2-4 2-2 6, Sullinger 3-8 2-2 8, Thomas 10-19 9-12 32, Bradley 5-15 2-3 13, Smart 5-9 0-0 11, Rozier 1-6 0-0 2, Olynyk 2-6 2-2 7, Jerebko 2-4 0-0 6, Hunter 1-2 0-0 2, Zeller 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 36-87 22-27 104.

New Orleans 17 28 28 24— 97

Boston 23 30 23 28— 104

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 9-24 (Ennis 2-3, Babbitt 2-5, Douglas 2-6, Hamilton 2-6, Frazier 1-2, Cunningham 0-2), Boston 10-34 (Thomas 3-6, Jerebko 2-2, Crowder 2-8, Olynyk 1-2, Smart 1-5, Bradley 1-6, Hunter 0-1, Rozier 0-2, Sullinger 0-2). Fouled OutEnnis. ReboundsNew Orleans 57 (Babbitt, Ajinca 8), Boston 46 (Johnson 7). AssistsNew Orleans 21 (Frazier 6), Boston 24 (Thomas 8). Total FoulsNew Orleans 28, Boston 20. A18,624 (18,624).

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