Warriors crush Lakers for best start in NBA history

Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:38am EST
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By Rory Carroll and Julia Love

OAKLAND (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

The outcome of the game was never really in doubt after the Warriors raced out to a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter, ultimately cruising to a 111-77 win.

The Warriors' historic win broke the previous record of 15-0 starts held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Warriors point guard and reigning league MVP Stephen Curry led all scorers with 24 points in just 30 minutes of play. With the game in hand, Curry sat out the entire fourth quarter.

The Warriors will now seek to match the record for consecutive victories during an NBA regular season, which is 33 games, set by the 1972 Lakers.

"They're in the history books," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said of his team after the win. "But we also reminded them that it's November."

Walton said he does not think the Warriors will reach the 33 win mark now because the team will soon embark on a long road trip, which will include games against Toronto, Indiana and Boston.

"I don't see that happening with the upcoming schedule we have," said Walton, who is filling in for injured Golden State coach Steve Kerr. "Eventually we will lose."   Continued...

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports