The defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors went into their game against the Los Angeles Lakers looking to set a new record for the best start to a season in NBA history. Having won 15 straight they wanted the big 16. They got it in style.
The Warriors beat the Lakers 111-77 to clinch the all-important 16-0 record. Reining MVP Stephen Curry scored 24 points and contributed nine assists in the demolition of the Lakers. The Warriors overtook the previous 15-0 record start by the Washington Capitols during the 1948-49 season and the Houston Rockets who equaled that tally in the 1993-94 campaign.
With the record-breaking victory the Warriors also set another landmark having scored 100 or more points in 43 consecutive home games. It’s also important to note that this record for 16-0 was also accomplished while coach Steve Kerr continues to be sidelined as he recovers from back surgery with Luke Walton, a former Laker, in charge as interim coach.
Fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Klay Thompson finished with 11 points on the night. Draymond Green scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and also had five assists as the Warriors continued to set new benchmarks. They are on a franchise-record streak of 27 games home victories. Golden State became the sixth team in NBA history to win 20 consecutive regular-season games, a streak stretching back to last term.
As good as Curry was, the 2008 MVP and 5-time champion Kobe Bryant only scored four points as he shot 1 of 14. That matched the worst-shooting performance of his career. The Lakers are now on a 2-12 run with the second-worst record in the NBA and they’ve lost four games in a row. Golden State have now won six straight home games against the Lakers for their longest winning streak since seven in a row from 1993-95.