The Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 118–105 to improve to 15–0 and tie the NBA record for best start to a season.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points, and Stephen Curry needed to play only three quarters and scored a season-low 19 points, as the Warriors matched the 15-game winning streak the Houston Rockets started with in 1993 and the Washington Capitols had in 1948.
The Warriors can break the record on Tuesday at Oracle Arena with a win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors during the streak have weathered the absence of Steve Kerr, a six-game stretch where Andrew Bogut was sidelined, and opponents giving their best efforts against the defending champions.
Against the Nuggets, the Warriors fought off the altitude and defensive complacency to pull away for the win.
Facing the second-worst 3-point defense in the league, Golden State did what it does best and went 15 for 29 from beyond the arc, as Thompson hit four of them. It didn’t help the Nuggets that leading rebounder Kenneth Faried missed the game with a sprained ankle.
The Warriors led by six points in the third quarter before Curry capped a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer that came fortuitously after a missed dunk by Festus Ezeli. Harrison Barnes threw down a vicious one-handed dunk as part of the run.
The Warriors pushed the lead to 19 points in the fourth with Curry and the starters on the bench.
The historical moment was on the minds of both teams before the game. The Warriors openly discussed how they would go for the record. Nuggets coach Michael Malone noted how ESPN made a late decision to broadcast the game.
“I liken it to we’re the Washington Generals playing the Globetrotters,” said Malone, the former Warriors assistant coach. “Nobody’s here to see us. And we’re OK with that.”
Curry capped a 9-0 run in the first with a 3-pointer and a steal and layup on the other end to give the Warriors a 22-15 lead.
Andre Iguodala had a steal, dribbled behind his back and passed for an alley-oop dunk to Shaun Livingston to extend the lead to 34-23 at the end of the first.
The Nuggets would get back into the game. They hit their first six shots of the second against the Warriors’ substitutes and then took a 51-50 lead after Curry and the starters checked back into the game.
But the Warriors responded immediately with an 8-0 run as Thompson scored five straight points and assisted on Barnes’ 3-pointer. Thompson followed with back-to-back 3-pointers, as the Warriors led 64-58 at halftime.
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