A year after setting a franchise record with 67 regular season victories and winning their first NBA championship in over 40 years, the Warriors claimed their 16th straight victory Tuesday night, topping the Lakers 111-77.
No team in league history has won more consecutive games to open a regular season, as Golden State snapped a tie with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitals by once again immediately putting the game out of reach.
Just 16 seconds into the game, forward Draymond Green opened the scoring barrage with a 26-foot shot right at the top of the arc, giving the team an advantage it wouldn’t surrender for the rest of the night.
The Warriors connected six times from 3-point range in the first quarter and when the final buzzer of the period sounded, they had built a 19 point advantage.
Domination is the only true description of how the team has played this season. Golden State is outscoring its opponents by an average of 15.6 points a night and during 773 total minutes, the team has trailed for just 149.
Only five opponents lost by less than 10 points to the Warriors this season, as the team has been completely dominant on both sides of the ball.
They rank first in points per game (114.3) and 10th in points allowed per game (98.7) while playing the most efficient offense in the league and the fourth most efficient defense.
As a team, Golden State is shooting an NBA best 48.7 percent from the field and limiting opponents to 42.4 percent shooting from the field, tied with San Antonio for the fourth stingiest percentage.
The advantage Green and Stephen Curry provide the team was on display against Los Angeles. Both players finished the night with a +36 in the box score.
Green continued to showcase his all-around game, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.
The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 12.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals per game this season. No other player in the league is tallying at least seven rebounds, six assists, a block and a steal each night.
Curry added four more long range shots to his league-high total of 78 this season, as he finished the night with 24 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.
The 27-year-old guard has emerged as the frontrunner to retain his MVP award, as he is averaging 32.1 points, 5.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals. Curry leads the NBA in total points scored, steals, field goals made and 3-point field goals made.
Perhaps the most amazing part of Curry’s numbers is that they are coming in just 34.8 minutes a night, tying him with Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins for the 20th most in the league.
Golden State has played Curry more than 40 minutes just once this season, keeping him on the floor for a total of 43 minutes during an overtime victory against the Nets.
The former Davidson star is on pace to become just the seventh member of the 50/40/90 club, an exclusive list of the most efficient scorers in league history.
Only Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant have shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent at the foul line over the course of an entire season.
During Golden State’s record-setting start, Curry is connecting on 51.2 percent of his attempts from the field, 43.1 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and knocking down 93.8 percent of his free throws.
Durant’s 28.1 points per game during the 2012-13 season marked the highest scoring average by any member of the 50/40/90 club.
Just four teams have won 14 or more games to open a regular season, with the 1993-94 Rockets becoming the only team to go on to win the title. Two other teams lost in the Finals, while the 2002-03 Mavericks fell in the Western Conference finals.
The run from the Warriors is simply unprecedented in league history.
Since the start of last season, Golden State has a record of 99-20.
The only competition remaining are historical opponents. The 1995-96 Bulls won a record 72 games while leading the league in scoring and surrendering just the third most points in the NBA.
Chicago finished the season with the most efficient offense and defense in the league, but the longest winning streak it managed during its run was 18.
The next two games for the Warriors include a trip to Phoenix, a return home for the Kings, then a season-long seven game road trip.
One record is already in the books, but plenty more awaits Golden State.