Yes, it has finally happened. The Spurs have taken over the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and passed the Golden State Warriors. While the Spurs and Warriors are actually tied in the loss column with 14 losses a piece, the Spurs own the tiebreaker between the two teams. The Spurs beat the Warriors on opening night and again last Saturday, giving them the tiebreaker for the season.

While the Warriors have lost five of their last seven games, the Spurs have won 11 of their last 12. Both teams have no shortage of adversity as Kevin Durant is dealing with an MCL sprain and LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a minor irregular heartbeat, which he has had issues with before. That said, it’s the Spurs that are clearly trending upward.

The Spurs and Warriors each have 16 games left in the season and will play each other once more March 29 in San Antonio. We know the Spurs will maintain a high quality of play no matter what issues they face and we know the Warriors can shoot themselves out a slump quicker than anyone, so a predictable ending to the season won’t be easy. It should be a fun final month as these teams battle for their position in the standings but also find ways to balance rest as the playoffs get closer.

The Spurs also got Kawhi Leonard back on Monday as he returned after suffering a concussion last week. Once again Leonard had himself a night and continues to hang out at the top of the MVP race. He finished the night with 31 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Ricky Rubio sets Timberwolves record for assists

Ricky Rubio came out on fire on Monday night, tallying 10 assists in just the first quarter of the Timberwolves’ game against the Wizards. This was a record for Rubio and for the Timberwolves for most assists in a quarter, but Rubio wasn’t done there. He went on to finish the night with 22 points and 19 assists, which broke his own assist record and another Timberwolves franchise record for most assists in a game.

His best dime of the night came on a fast break where he bounced the ball past three Wizards defenders. Great stuff.

Vince Carter is the only 40-year-old to hit six three-pointers in a game

Vince Carter keeps finding ways to amaze us. Tonight, it was going 8-of-8 from the field, including six three-pointers. Never leave us, Vince.

Assist of the night

Look at this over-the-head, no look pass from Nikola Jokic. He sees Will Barton starting to cut while Jokic has three defenders on him and makes the pass before Barton is even open. Just a beautiful pass.

Dunk of the night

Who else other than Aaron Gordon, of course.

Happenings around the league

Chandler Parsons is likely out for the rest of the season with a partially torn meniscus

Shaquille O’Neal instantly made Corey Brewer’s pass a ‘Shaqtin A Fool’ nominee

Monday night’s final scores

Timberwolves 119, Wizards 104 (Canis Hoopus recap | Bullets Forever recap)

Grizzlies 113, Bucks 93 (Grizzly Bear Blues recap | Brew Hoop recap)

Raptors 100, Mavericks 78 (Raptors HQ recap | Mavs Moneyball recap)

Bulls 115, Hornets 109 (Blog A Bull recap | At the Hive recap)

Spurs 107, Hawks 99 (Pounding the Rock recap | Peachtree Hoops recap)

Jazz 114, Clippers 108 (SLC Dunk recap | Clips Nation recap)

Nuggets 129, Lakers 101 (Denver Stiffs recap | Silver Screen & Roll recap)

Kings 120, Magic 115 (Sactown Royalty recap | Orlando Pinstriped Post recap)

Source : SBnation