The Golden State Warriors (15-0) defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-105 on Sunday to equal the best start in NBA history. Stephen Curry (19 points, 7 assists, 3 steals) and Klay Thompson (21 points, 7 assists) continued to shoot lights out as the reigning NBA champions established their position as one of the greatest teams in pro basketball history.
The Warriors matched the 15-0 starts made by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets. They have the opportunity to break the record Tuesday in a home game against the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. Barring a shocking upset, Warriors will make history on Tuesday.
The Warriors also surpassed the 1957-58 Boston Celtics for the best start by a defending champion.
After Thompson hit a three with 2:08 remaining in the second quarter, the Warriors never trailed again. As was the case for most of the last season, the bench carried the load for the entirety of the fourth quarter as Curry checked out of the game after playing just 28 minutes.
According to Curry, the Warriors are just getting started. “It’s kind of a quiet confidence that we don’t feel like we’re going to lose anytime soon,” Curry said after the historic win. “The way we’re playing … we can get even better.” Asked about the 15-0 record, Curry said: “It’s a huge accomplishment. Obviously, coming off a championship and taking care of business 15 straight times to start the season – couldn’t ask for a better start.”
For the Nuggets, who stumbled to their third consecutive defeat, Darrell Arthur led the way with 21 points. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay impressed with 17 points and 8 assists in his first one-on-one match-up against Curry, the reigning NBA MVP.
Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets big man, acknowledged the greatness of the Warriors. “They’re the best team in the world. It’s a difficult task (to beat them),” said Jokic, who finished with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. “In some parts of the game we could defend them and in other parts no. I mean they just need 3, 4 minutes, and they’re up by 15, so we need to play defense all the time.”