Golden State Warriors are now 22-0. Stephen Curry scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the reigning champions enhanced their NBA-record start by beating Brooklyn Nets 114-98 on Sunday night.
Draymond Green, a perennial stat-sheet stuffer, had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Klay Thompson added 21 points as the Warriors won their 26th consecutive regular season game. They are now one shy of the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest streak in NBA history. If the Warriors can win another 8 consecutive games, they will eclipse the 33-game winning streak registered by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. At this stage, there’s no betting against Warriors.
Coming off back-to-back 40-point outings, Curry had a relatively quiet night – he missed his first three free throws – before turning the corner in the third quarter. As has been the case for most of the last two seasons, Curry wasn’t needed much in the fourth quarter.
Credits to the Nets who actually competed tooth-and-nail during the first half, trailing 57-54 at the halftime break. However, the Warriors ran away with the game during the second half, outscoring Brooklyn 57-43 at the Barclays Center. For the Nets, the front-court duo of Thaddeus Young (25 points and 14 rebounds) and Brook Lopez (18 points) continued to impress after winning four consecutive games before running into the Warriors.
With a 12-0 road score, Warriors matched another record by tying the New York Knicks in 1969-70 for best road start. A win against Indiana on Tuesday would give them the best-ever road start.