Warriors on cusp of history after defeating Nuggets

Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:40am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Golden State guard Klay Thompson scored 21 points, Stephen Curry had 19 and seven assists, and the Warriors won their 15th straight to match the best start in league history with a 118-105 win over the Denver Nuggets.

The Warriors are the third NBA team to start the season 15-0 and the first defending champions to do so. The 1948-49 Washington Capitals and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets also began with 15 straight wins. The Rockets went on to win their first of two consecutive NBA titles that season.

"It's a huge accomplishment coming off a championship and taking care of business 15 straight times to start the season," Curry said. "You couldn't ask for a better start, obviously."

The Warriors have not avoided talking about their record-setting start, choosing to acknowledge it often as the wins piled up.

"Maybe two games ago it became a real conversation in the locker room," Curry said. "Now that we're at 15 let's get 16."

Golden State will go for the record at home on Tuesday against the Lakers.

The Warriors are on the cusp of history without head coach Steve Kerr, who is recovering from two offseason back surgeries. Interim coach Luke Walton has kept in constant communication with Kerr and credits his system for the success.

"All we're doing is following his leadership," Walton said. "I'm just glad to not be letting my boss Steve down."

Darrell Arthur, who started because forward Kenneth Faried was out with a sprained left ankle, led Denver with a season-high 21 points. Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton had 19 points each and Emmanuel Mudiay had 17 and eight assists for the Nuggets (6-8).   Continued...

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 118-105. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports