Curry showed no sign of being hampered after missing the previous game with a sprained left ankle.
As Golden State is wont to do, the Warriors relied on sharpshooting, ball-sharing and some perfectly orchestrated pandemonium to slip past Oklahoma City.
Once again, the defending-champion Warriors are on top of the NBA with an impressive 55-5 record, which means they are capable of surpassing the 1995-96 Bulls’ NBA record of 72 wins in a season.
Golden State Warriors equalled Chicago Bulls’ NBA record streak of 44 successive home wins with a superb fourth-period display against Oklahoma City Thunder.
“That’s an awesome accomplishment”, Curry said after the game. We’ve been pretty healthy most of the way. 500 in their quest to break the Bulls’ single-season mark for victories.
As they slog through the regular season en route to one of the most dominant runs in sports history, Golden State has to make sure that they don’t wear themselves out – especially with Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala already nicked up, and with Festus Ezeli on the shelf for a little while longer. Asked before the game to assess the amount of pressure his team was facing in its effort to extend its home-court winning streak, Warriors coach Steve Kerr blurted, “Zero”.
Could they go 41-0 at Oracle Arena this season?
Cleveland’s all-time scoring leader joined Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder as the only players to average at least 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assist in February.
“So he’ll go on the trip, and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but I would say he’s more doubtful than questionable”. “But I think we have a deeper team“. “If you want to be great, you’ve got to protect that”.
Late game execution has plagued the Thunder for several years now.
While the Thunder were still clinging to a lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Westbrook was struggling from the field.
Entering the fourth quarter trailing, Golden State’s bench took over the game. “Having said that, this team, one of the reasons they are special is they take so much joy in the process of each game”.
Golden State extended the lead once the starters returned, going up 106-97 on Curry’s three-point play with just more than 4 minutes to play.
The Thunder came out of the halftime locker room re-energized, going on a quick run to erase Golden State’s lead.
Shaun Livingston had 11 points and eight assists off the bench while Marreese Speights chipped in 10 points and four boards off the bench as well. He also won in November. He committed 10 against Sacramento on December 6. “I’m frustrated because we lost, but I played as hard as I could tonight”. “I’m not trying to shy away from them”. Through games played Friday, the Spurs (52-9) were only 3 1/2 games behind Golden State in the standings.
Curry said he found the comments odd.
The Warriors return to action Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, where they face the Lakers at Staples Center.