Adding to the record books became commonplace during Golden State's 2014-15 title run. Now the Warriors are on the verge of setting their first mark this season.
The visiting Warriors can get off to the franchise's best start Thursday night when the otherwise surprising Minnesota Timberwolves hope to end their worst home start in 21 years.
Golden State set franchise records with a 16-game winning streak overall, a 19-game home winning streak and 67 victories en route to its first NBA championship in 40 years.
The Warriors (9-0) are at it again, tying a team record for consecutive wins to start a season with a 100-84 victory at Memphis on Wednesday. They can break that mark set by the 1960-61 Philadelphia Warriors in Minneapolis.
''It's great, because it means you're winning, which is the most important thing,'' forward Draymond Green said.
Stephen Curry filled the stat sheet with 28 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals against the Grizzlies, while Andre Iguodala scored 20 and Harrison Barnes added 19.
Curry has been held under 30 in three straight games while going 8 for 27 (29.6 percent) from 3-point range after averaging 35.5 and hitting 36 of 70 from 3 in his first six.
Klay Thompson looks to bounce back after scoring a season-low eight on 3-of-9 shooting.
''We've got different guys every night to step up,'' Thompson said. ''It's not only Steph. But tonight it was Andre and Harrison. (Thursday) night, it could be someone else.''
The Warriors have won eight straight in Minneapolis and 12 of the past 13 meetings overall.
Following an NBA-worst 16-66 finish last season, Minnesota has won at Denver, Chicago and Atlanta as part of a 4-0 road start that's the franchise's best since the 2001-02 season.
However, things haven't gone as well at home. The Timberwolves (4-3) have dropped their first three contests there for the first time since an 0-10 start in 1994-95.
They played without Andrew Wiggins (sore right knee), Ricky Rubio (strained hamstring), Kevin Garnett (rest) and Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) in Tuesday's 104-95 home loss to Charlotte. Wiggins, Rubio and Garnett are expected to play against the Warriors.
Wiggins, the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year, has totaled 64 points in his last two games. Top overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns is making an immediate impact, averaging 17.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks over three consecutive double-doubles.
Zach LaVine had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists but also turned the ball over eight times against the Hornets. He had a career-high 37 points and hit 6 for 10 from 3-point range in a 110-101 road loss April 11 in the most recent meeting with Golden State.
“I'm pleased with all our young guys because this is a hard business to be in when you're so young,” coach Sam Mitchell said. “But to their credit, they're growing up fast.”
After allowing a league-worst 106.5 points per game last season, the Timberwolves rank in the top 10 in defensive scoring at 99.3. They'll have a tough time containing the Warriors, who are among the league's highest scoring teams at 113.2 points per game.
Curry has averaged 28.3 points and 9.7 assists over his past six versus Minnesota. Thompson has scored 22.1 while shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range in his last eight.
- Andre Iguodala
- Andrew Wiggins
- Draymond Green
- Golden State Warriors
- Harrison Barnes
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Kevin Garnett
- Klay Thompson
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Nikola Pekovic
- Ricky Rubio
- Stephen Curry
- Zach LaVine