How Does the Warriors’ 20-2 Start Compare to the Greatest Starts in NBA History?

December 13th, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

A hot start is one thing—a dime a dozen, all sports considered.

But when a season’s opening stretch becomes historically hot? That’s when all eyes become fixed, rather than merely fleeting.

With their 105-98 road win over the Dallas Mavericks Saturday afternoon, the Golden State Warriors—now 20-2 following a 15th consecutive W and with no signs of slowing down—have made exactly that leap.

The production came from predictable places, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for 54 points on 19-of-43 shooting (including 8-of-22 from distance) and the revelatory Draymond Green (20 points and eight rebounds) leading the onslaught.

Playing without sturdy center Andrew Bogut, out temporarily after having his right knee drained, the Warriors seized control early and held on despite a furious second-half onslaught from Dirk Nowitzki and Co.

Needless to say, Golden State is hoping Saturday’s quasi-collapse doesn’t become a writ-large harbinger for what has been, to date, one of the NBA’s all-time best starts to the season.

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