Golden State has not solely won twelve straight times, however it’s done thus largely effortlessly. The Warriors were uncharacteristically taken to overtime on Saturday by the lowly Nets, and beat the Clippers by four on Nov. 4 and also the Raptors by five on weekday. However their 9 different wins have all return by nine points or additional and embody a 50-point shellacking of the Grizzlies.
Golden State’s average margin of ending is 15.3 points. Even throwing out the 50-point blowout, the margin is 12.2. The 1995-96 Bulls, who were 72-10 and ar typically referred to as the best team ever, conjointly had a mean winning margin of 12.2.
The Warriors aren’t a lot of totally different from last year’s champions: Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and company were sensible then and ar sensible currently. The most important distinction is Stephen Curry, who has remodeled from a most respected player into some quite super M.V.P., up his points per game average from twenty four to thirty four. He’s taking 5 additional shots a game, however shooting higher, .521 to .487. He’s conjointly sinking a mean of 5 3-pointers a game, putt him on a pace to create around 425 this season. The record, set by Curry last season, is 286.
You cannot even say that Golden State’s 12-game run has been that stunning. The warriors are favored in each game. They were 1-point favorites at Houston within the second game of the season, however from 5½- to 17½-point favorites in each different game.
The record for an ideal begin is 15-0, control by the 1993-94 Rockets, who were led by Hakeem Olajuwon in his lone M.V.P. season. Their run was additional precarious, together with an overtime game further as wins of two, 3, 4, four and half-dozen points. Once losing Game sixteen at Atlanta by twenty two, the Rockets coasted some, finishing the season 43-24. They did press on to win the title, beating the Knicks in seven games.
The N.B.A.’s forerunner, the Basketball Association of America, conjointly had a 15-0 team, the 1948-49 Washington Capitols.)
The Warriors actually have a sq. probability to interrupt the record, however face a challenge on Th night at the Clippers. LA fought Golden State all the means in their November. 4 match-up in port, leading when 3 quarters before falling, 112-108, despite twenty four points from Chris Paul and twenty three from Blake Griffin. It took some absurd Curry 3-pointers late to win the sport for Golden State.
The Clips, unvanquished at the time, have slouched since then, however, winning simply 2 of their last six. And Paul and J.J. Redick might not play attributable to injury.
The Warriors are rated a 6-point favorite within the game, and traditionally which means they must win regarding 70% of the time. If they beat the Clippers, can it’s swish sailing once that?
Game fourteen is against the 8-3 Bulls, however are going to be vie in city. Owing to that home-court edge, the soldiers may be favored by double digits. Derrick Rose may come for the sport for Chicago, however should be hampered by an articulatio talocruralis downside.
Game 15, to tie the record against the Nuggets, may even be a 10-point unfold despite the game’s being compete in Denver. And therefore the record breaker is that the best of the ton, a game against the dreadful Lakers, presently sitting at 2-9.
On the opposite hand, the Warriors’ biggest scare up to now came once taken to overtime reception by the Nets, who could also be worse than the Lakers. There are not any positive things, tho’ observance Curry in action this year will build one assume otherwise.