Golden State of mind: Warriors rewrite the record books

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

Last night the Golden State Warriors made NBA history when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 for an NBA record-setting 16th win in-a-row to start a season.

Despite the perfect season, it has been the manner in which they have accomplished it that has everybody in the sports world considering them one of the best teams of all time. The Dubs have dominated opponents all season and became the first team ever to have 16-game winning streaks in consecutive seasons.

They have done it on the road and at Oracle Arena. They’ve blown out teams and won closes contests. The Warriors have won 27 straight home games and are 48-2 at home over the last two seasons. Led by arguably the greatest shooter of all time, Stephen Curry, Golden State has made 199 three-pointers while opponents have made just 91. The Warriors have led teams by 15 or more points for 167 minutes while they have only trailed teams this season for 149 minutes, most of which came in the Los Angeles Clippers contest where they eventually won in overtime.

Curry has been the highlight of the perfection. Not only does he lead the league in scoring at 32.1 points per game, he has also made over half of his shots. Curry has turned the three-pointer into a layup attempt flipping the traditional concept of basketball on its head. He can get a shot off anywhere on the court at any time thanks to his refined dribbling skills. The sixth-year pro has a unique dribbling warm-up before games that includes dribbling multiple balls at once and being blindfolded. It has become a must see exhibition and I can’t ever recall so many fans flocking to the warm-ups to get a glimpse of Curry.

They have won their last 20 games dating back to last season and a loss doesn’t seem anywhere in sight. Only three teams have longer consecutive game winning streaks and the way this season has gone, that record could fall too.

Don’t forget they have done all of this without their Head Coach Steve Kerr, who hasn’t coached the team this season because of a back surgery during the off-season. Assistant Coach Luke Walton, son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton, has led the team in Kerr’s absence and hasn’t missed a beat. His player rotation and play calling has been just as good if not better then Kerr in last year’s championship run.

Golden State will go for their 17th straight win on Friday when they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns (7-7 overall) at 6:30 p.m.