It has officially gotten to a point where we ask ourselves not if the Warriors will win, but when they will lose a game.
With their 118-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, Golden State tied the NBA record of starting the season 15-0 set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets. It now seems all but certain that the Warriors will break the record when they play host to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
“It’s kind of a quiet confidence that we don’t feel like we’re going to lose anytime soon,” said reigning MVP Stephen Curry. “The way we’re playing … we can get even better.”
The Lakers have won just two games so far this season. The Warriors have won 26 consecutive regular season home games, dating back to last season.
Interim head coach Luke Walton acknowledged the record is on the minds of his players, but also said it’s just a task along the way of repeating what they did last season.
“Whether or not we get it, it really doesn’t affect our ultimate goal of trying to win a championship,” said Walton, who picked up a technical in the third quarter. “It would be something nice to get along the way.”
Another record that might have gone unlooked — the Warriors surpassed the 1957-58 Boston Celtics for the best start by a defending champion.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Curry said. “Obviously, coming off a championship and taking care of business 15 straight times to start the season — couldn’t ask for a better start.”
Klay Thompson led all scorers for Golden State, he recorded 21 points and seven assists. Curry netted 19 points, it was the first time this season he has not scored at least 20 points; Harrison Barnes added 19 points of his own. For the Nuggets, Darrell Arthur led with 21 points. Before the game, Nuggets coach Mike Malone himself acknowledged that all eyes have, and will continue to be, on the Warriors.
“Nobody is here to see us,” Malone told reporters. “We’re OK with that. We’re playing against a great team.”
Last season, fans in Denver were so heated of the Warriors’ decision to rest Curry, they sent scathing emails to the organization in haste. Sunday night, fans were treated to the full buffet of basketball Golden State brings to the court. During the game, the Warriors hit 15 of 39 3-pointers and dished out 35 total assists. Their stellar defensive skills were showcased as a result of 21 turnovers.
Golden State’s overall dominance of its opponents can be highlighted by several staggering statistics. They’ve defeated their opponents by an average of 14.4 points per game. Currently, Curry leads the league with a 32.7 scoring average, he is shooting 43.8% from downtown. But it isn’t all about buckets for the MVP, he is 5.7 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game.