Trust and clutch finish keep Golden State perfect

Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:25pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA champions last season and unbeaten so far in their 2015-16 campaign, the Golden State Warriors are again relying on remarkable resilience, unwavering player trust and clutch three-point shooting down the stretch.

Twice trailing by 23 points and down by 10 with less than five minutes left against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, the Warriors somehow found a way to prevail 124-117 at Staples Center and extend their perfect record to 13-0.

Golden State need just two more wins to match the best start ever to an NBA season, and no one in the league would bet against them given the extraordinary level of trust established by a roster that has barely changed since last season.

"Our confidence, our chemistry, the way we play ... it's definitely a carry-over from our championship run last year," Warriors reserve shooting guard Brandon Rush told Reuters after his team had beaten the Clippers for a second time this season.

"There's definitely a big comfort level there. We run more on instinct with what our coaching staff want from us.

"It's pretty much the same team we had last season, the same guys, so we know exactly where guys are going to be at, and what plays we are going to run."

Rush is a veteran of seven years in the league but being part of a team riding a perfect 13-0 run is certainly uncharted territory for him."It feels really good," the 30-year-old smiled. "We are focused every game when we step on the court, and we play real hard and we play without selfishness."


Nov 19, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports