November 21, 2017

Golden State Warriors make “H16T0RY” as Kobe Bryant shoots 1-14

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Golden State Warriors starts Curry Thompason Barnes Bogut GreenIt was all smiles as the Golden State Warriors won their historic 16th consecutive game last night; setting the NBA record for most wins to begin a season.

With their 111-77 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Warriors sit alone as the most-dominant team out of the gate surpassing the 15-0 start by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, 9 assists and again, had several highlight-worthy moments. Draymond Green added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists — including a couple great alley oops to Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli.

The Warrior’s starters sat out the entire fourth quarter.

The question is can the Warriors continue winning out? The Warriors have a favorable schedule to continue their streak:

The Warriors’ next 12 games aren’t against any of the powers from either conference. Their next four are against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season: the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets. Perhaps the biggest challenge is a Dec. 5 road contest against the Toronto Raptors, who lost to the Warriors 115-110 on Nov. 17. That’s part of a seven-game road trip that ends with the second game of a back-to-back against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 12.

The Lakers were outmatched from the start as the Warriors went through the motions. The Purple and Gold never really challenged Golden State’s strong offensive philosophy. Despite Klay Thompson starting out the game 0-7, the Warriors coasted to a 30-11 lead going into the second quarter and it was all but done.

And on this record night for the Warriors, a personal low was matched by Kobe Bryant. The aging Lakers star tied his worst shooting game in which he shot more than 5 shots, hitting one shot out of fourteen. Among those missed included at least two airballs and a fadeaway jumper that got wedged between the rim and backboard.

What’s more, Bryant did this in a game that was on national TV and a game everyone was anticipating. During the blowout and after the game, broadcasters and commentators lined up to eulogize Bryant’s career. A great night for those fans that love the Warriors and dislike Kobe Bryant.

Julius Randle was the top performer for the Lakers with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

The Warriors dominant stretch was celebrated by the NBA’s Twitter account. The NBA shared an infographic inserting the numbers “16” and “0” into the word “HISTORY” that was tweeted out after the game:

Golden State Warriors make H16T0RY

Let’s see how far the Warriors can take this. They play the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

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