The San Antonio Spurs have taken advantage of the short-handed Golden State Warriors, catching up to them in the standings on Monday night with a 107-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Spurs overcame 23 turnovers by getting 31 points from Kawhi Leonard, as they are also tied for the NBA's best record. They made a season-high 16 three-pointers, improving to 52-14, with one final meeting with the Warriors coming on March 29th. San Antonio holds the tiebreaker between the two teams after taking the first two meetings of the season. Monday's win also extended a 19-game home win streak against the Hawks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Dennis Schroder led the way with 22 points and 10 assists in the loss for Atlanta.
Flames Edge Penguins For 10th Straight Win
Yet another NHL team has run an impressive win streak into double digits, as the Calgary Flames tied a franchise record with their 10th straight win, 4-3, over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout on Monday. The original record was set by the Atlanta Flames way back in 1978. Kris Versteeg had the game-winner in the shootout on Monday, making that the second time he netted a shootout winner over Pittsburgh this season. Brian Elliott was impressive in net for the Flames, stopping Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Phil Kessel in the shootout for the victory. The Flames move into second place in the Pacific Division, as they are tied with the Anaheim Ducks in points, but have more regulation/overtime wins. Johnny Gaudreau, Deryk Engelland, and Dennis Wideman all scored in regulation for Calgary. Sidney Crosby netted his NHL-leading 35th goal in the loss for Pittsburgh, who is now tied with Washington for first in the Metropolitan Division after receiving one point in the shootout defeat.
Pro Bowl LB DeMarcus Ware Retires
The nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, announced on Monday afternoon that he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 34. The former Dallas Cowboy and Denver Bronco spent 12 seasons in the NFL, and revealed the touch decision he made via Twitter. He finishes as the Cowboys' all-time sacks leader, as well as eighth on the all-time NFL list with 138.5. He needed just four of them to move past Jason Taylor and Michael Strahan for sixth on the all-time list. Ware did have a career-low six sacks in 2013 after making the Pro Bowl every year from 2006 to 2012. Dallas released him after his struggling season, as the Broncos picked him up as part of many big deals that off-season for John Elway's team. The former first-round pick in 2005 had a streak of seven straight seasons with at least 11 sacks, including a career-high 20 in 2008. The future Hall of Fame defensive force has dealt with back issues the past two seasons, which is what most likely led to Monday's announcement.