The Golden State Warriors crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to 16-0. No other team in NBA history has started 16-0. The reigning champions are rewriting history books.
Under interim coach Luke Walton, the Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts made by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Stephen Curry led the way with 24 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and two steals. “It’s a special accomplishment any time you can do something that hasn’t been done before. It’s not going to be total dominance for 82 games,” said the reigning league MVP.
Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. The Warriors bench accounted for 42 of the 111 points as Harrison Barnes (8 nights) and Klay Thompson (11 points) weren’t needed as much.
Kobe Bryant had the worst shooting night of his 20-year career, going 1/14 from the field for 4 points. “I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn’t have made a damn difference,” said a frustrated Bryant.
Julius Randle, the only starter in double digits, led the Lakers with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lou Williams and Larry Nance added 10 points each. The Lakers remain in the bottom of the West with a franchise-first 2-12 record.
“We’re trying to win another championship,” forward Green said prior to the game. “That’s what we’re fueled by. I think we’ve gotten greedy, but a good greedy. I think it’s way better to be greedy for success than hungover on success. I think we’re on the right end of the spectrum, which is great.”
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