Last Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors broke the record for the best start to a season in NBA history. They now are sitting on a 20-0 start which tops the previous record set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who both started the season 15-0. This outstanding start is backed from exceptional point guard play from reigning MVP Stephen Curry who is putting up MVP numbers again this season.
Through sixteen games the team has made 199 three point field goals which is a new NBA record. Stephen Curry single handily has made more three pointers than the entire Timberwolves and Nets team. Curry broke his own record for threes made in a month with 76 threes made in the month of November. The Warriors have a walking cheat code in Stephen Curry. With curry in the floor in the month of November they out scored their opponents by a remarkable 255 points. They were outscored by 14 with him off the floor.
During this streak, the Warriors are leading the league in numerous categories and have shattered many records along the way. Their high powered offense has been putting up record numbers averaging 112 points per 100 possessions. The Warriors extremely efficient offense is shooting the ball at an exceptional rate from all spots on the floor. They are shooting above league averages from every spot on the floor.
The Warriors have had many blow out games during the streak but have also had some close calls. The tone was set for the streak when they defeated the Memphis Grizzles 119-69 on November 2nd. The fifty point victory was only the sixth time in the decade that a team has won by fifty points.
Even great teams have moments when they don’t play the greatest. On November 19th the Warriors faced a twenty-three point deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers. They were able to erase that deficit when they went on a 20-3 run late in the fourth quarter and pull out a win. This win proved that the Warriors have true hearts of champions since they never gave up.
The teams closest call was when the Brooklyn Nets took them to overtime. In Overtime, Nets Center Brooke Lopez missed a point blank layup as time expired which would won the game. This is the only time the Warriors have “got lucky” during there 19 game winning streak.
As the season continues and the Warriors continue to win, it is clear that they are one of the most dominant teams in NBA history. It doesn’t seem possible that the team will be able to maintain there shooting averages but as long as they are healthy, it will be tough for anyone to beat them. The Warriors look to make it 21 straight wins to start the season Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors.