By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Author
DENVER (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the Golden Condition Warriors tied the best start in NBA historical past, beating the Denver Nuggets 118-105 on Sunday night to transfer to 15-.
Golden State matches the start off of the 1948-forty nine Washington Capitols and the ’93-ninety four Houston Rockets. The Warriors can crack the record Tuesday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here is far more background: The Warriors surpassed the ’57-fifty eight Boston Celtics for the ideal start off by a defending champion.
Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 2:08 remaining in the next quarter and Golden Condition never ever trailed yet again. The reserves constructed up a sizeable direct and authorized Stephen Curry to rest the total fourth quarter. He experienced 19 factors, the initial time this season Curry didn’t reach twenty.
Darrell Arthur had 21 factors for the Nuggets, who’ve missing three straight. Kenneth Faried was sidelined by a sprained remaining ankle.
Harrison Barnes scored seven of his seventeen factors in the third quarter to let the Warriors to achieve some separation. This was the way issues went for the Warriors in the 3rd: Festus Ezeli skipped a wide-open up dunk and it clanged straight to Curry, who drained a three-pointer.
When the Warriors performed in Denver last March, they rested Curry & Co. That did not sit nicely with followers who were expecting to see the sharp-capturing guard.
Resting wasn’t an selection this time. Not so shut to an NBA record.
“Regardless of whether or not we get it, it really will not have an effect on our ultimate objective of making an attempt to earn a championship,” mentioned interim mentor Luke Walton, who picked up a specialized in the third quarter. “It would be something wonderful to get together the way.”
Warriors: Walton mentioned head mentor Steve Kerr (back again surgery) is “undertaking better.” Mentioned Walton: “He receives truly unwell of being asked that question. So I’ve stopped inquiring it.” … The Warriors ended up 15 of 29 from 3-point selection.
Nuggets: Just before the recreation, mentor Michael Malone equated the Nuggets to getting the “Washington Generals” — the usual opponent for the Harlem Globetrotters — since the tv audience desires to see the Warriors and “no person is listed here to see us. We’re Okay with that. We are playing in opposition to a excellent crew.” … Joffrey Lauvergne (again) and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) failed to perform. … Nikola Jokic had 11 details and 11 rebounds.
Here’s a look at consecutive victories to commence a standard year in other sporting activities, in accordance to STATS:
— In the NFL, the 2007 New England Patriots received 16 straight.
— In the NHL, the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres reeled off ten straight wins.
— In baseball, the 1884 St. Louis Maroons — who played in the Union Affiliation — gained 20 straight. As significantly as AL/NL is involved, the ’82 Atlanta Braves and ’87 Milwaukee Brewers gained 13 in a row.
Warriors: host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Nuggets: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
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