At 72-9, the Golden State Warriors have equaled the record number of wins set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team with one game in hand.
The Warriors improved to the record after a 92-86 win over San Antonio Spurs, a team that played the Warriors best this season. Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich had in fact employed Warriors coach Steve Kerr as his reserve hybrid guard twice. Kerr played same role for the 1995-96 Bulls, too.
However, all those were mere gossip and trivialities as both teams battled throughout the game. Scoring 10 out of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry took the game as his final total outpaced both teams’ first half output.
Still, both teams underperformed to see such a bizarre situation, tying the score at 35-35 before the second half. The Warriors only scored 14 in the first quarter – their lowest this season.
But after the break, everyone managed to compose themselves for a more entertaining match. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points, 10 rebounds) strove for Spurs, but it was once again the Curry show as he made use of his uncanny ability to free himself amongst giants to gain much needed space.
San Antonio was not free of blame either. Their offensive frustrations continued throughout the night, as its perimeter triptych of Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green combined to miss 26 of 36 shots.
Even substitutes Patty Mills (2-8) and Manu Ginobili (2-7) struggled. Duncan’s replacement David West worked his tail off as expected, but he missed five of seven from the field, while Boris Diaw sat because of injuries to his right abductor, groin, and plain fatigue.
The game then, ended as Golden State’s first win in 33 tries in San Antonio, and San Antonio’s first regular season home loss in 13 months. But it is apparent that “rest” is in the heads of both camps, coming in anticipation of the two-month playoff slog that begins next weekend.