The Golden State Warriors have now established the best start in NBA history, going 16-0 by taking down the hapless Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 on Tuesday night.
Two other teams had begun their seasons with 15-0 records, but only the Dubs have won sixteen in a row to start the year.
The defending NBA champs now set their sights on the Lakers’ long-held record of 33 consecutive victories.
Per the SF Chronicle:
“Eventually, we will lose,” said Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton, who watched his players’ subdued celebration on the postgame court and then matched their tone in the locker room. […] Walton congratulated each player for entering his name into the NBA record books, and then he reminded the entire team that it’s November. There are still 66 regular-season games to play over the next 4½ months.
The Warriors passed the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets, each of which won the first 15 games of its season. Dating to April, the Warriors have won 20 in a row — joining a list that was only five teams deep and starting conversations about the 33 consecutive wins of the 1971-72 Lakers. […] Beating opponents by an average of 15.6 points per game, the Warriors are drawing comparisons to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. The Michael Jordan-led team won 72 of 82 regular-season games, and the Stephen Curry-led Warriors appear capable of making a run at the feat.
Curry had 24 points and nine assists without stepping onto the floor during the fourth quarter, other than to celebrate the highlights of the reserve players and to toss candy into a sellout crowd of close to 20,000. […] Draymond Green, who started the night by taking a microphone to midcourt and saying, “Let’s make history,” added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Warriors also got 13 points from Leandro Barbosa, 11 from Klay Thompson, nine from Festus Ezeli and eight apiece from Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes.