The Golden State Warriors finally came down from the skies after tasting their first defeat in 25 games under the hands of the giant-killers – The Milwaukee bucks.
Still carrying the league’s best record at 24-1, the Warriors are now on pace to beat another – seemingly unbreakable – record, the 72-10 season record by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in 1996.
The Golden State now owns the best start in league history with 24 straight wins, which overshadowed the previous record that was set by the Houston Rockets led by Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994.
The ‘Dubs’ also claimed the 2nd longest winning streak ahead of the 27-game winning streak by the Miami Heat of 2011-2012 – led by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade – and the 71′-72′ Lakers which was led by Wild Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.
After two decades, the Warriors seems to be the biggest threat to breaking the 96′ Bulls record and ironically, the head coach of the Warriors – Steve Kerr – also played for the same lineup.
With that experience, Steve Kerr’s guidance with this team will probably be the most critical piece in breaking the 20-year-old record.
In comparing the run of the ’96 Bulls, that lineup had 38 wins in 41 games. Which means, the Warriors need to at least win 14 of their next 16 games to be in pace.
The 96′ Bulls had finished 35-8 in the 2nd half of that season and mainly fatigue was one of the factors why they lost most games. The Bulls ended that season with a 2-game skid and failing to make the final record to 74-8.
Historically, both the Miami Heat of 2012 and the 1972 Lakers have won the NBA Championships in those years, and the 96′ Chicago Bulls walked trough the playoffs to win theirs.
Now, everything is on the Warriors side and it seems that their mental toughness will be their only hindrance on winning a back-to-back championship.