By Eric Quinones
Last Saturday, the defending champions of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors tasted defeat in a regular season game for the first time in 29 games. This amazing winning run dates back to the last four regular season games of last season. The Warriors also started this season 24 and 0 which is the best start for any NBA franchise in the history of the league.
During the streak, the Warriors passed the previous second-best streak, which was held by the Miami Heat who won 27 games in a row during the 2012-13 campaign. The Warriors came up 5 games short of tying the all-time winning streak record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers who won 33 games in a row.
Despite the loss, the Warriors also have a chance to surpass the best regular season team record of all time held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who went 72 – 10.
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Stephen Curry has led the onslaught of the Bay Area squad. He once again is the early favorite to be the MVP this season as he’s averaging 32.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, along with 6 assists. His 32.3 points per game is leading the league, and right now he is playing as if he’s the best player on the planet.
But this streak didn’t just happen because of one player; it was a collective group effort night in and night out. The Warriors lead the league in scoring, averaging 115.3 points per game.
They are 4th in the league in rebounds per game and they are 1st in the league in assists as a team.
Their defense isn’t the best, but they get the timely stops when needed- led by Draymond Green who was on the All NBA Defensive first team last season. And let’s be real here, to beat the Warriors you have to bring your A+ game, and on most nights you have to score 115 points to do so which most teams don’t have the ability to do.
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The streak is over, but the team undoubtedly does have its eye on the 72 win mark that the 1995-96 Bulls own. The Warriors are 25 – 1 and have 56 games remaining on their regular season schedule. If they want to surpass the 72 win mark, they would have to go 48 – 8 for the rest of the season.
While the streak is over, you would have to be crazy to not watch this team play.
The Golden State Warriors are on a special run. I suggest that every basketball fan enjoys it while it’s here. It’s a rare but amazing run that might not be seen for another decade.
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