With a 127-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors have tied the record for best start through 46 games in an NBA season at 42-4, per SportsCenter. With their fifth straight victory, the Warriors equaled the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers' mark.
The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls hold the record for most wins in a season with 72. Golden State will need to finish 31-5 to surpass the Michael Jordan-led bulls.
The NBA's leading scorer Stephen Curry is the engine that makes Golden State go, but it was his teammate Klay Thompson who was most responsible for the record-tying win. He dropped 45 points on Dallas behind 14-of-20 shooting and connected on 7-of-12 three-pointers and all 10 free throws.
Forward Draymond Green had to cool Thompson off with some water after the game, per NBA TV:
Hear what the 45 point man had to say after his performance. https://t.co/5iAq9SkM9U— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 28, 2016
The defending NBA champions also won their 40th straight home game, a streak that started exactly one year ago Wednesday with a loss to the Chicago Bulls, and are 22-0 at Oracle Arena this season, per GSWStats.
The Warriors have been able to dominate the competition because while they have the best player in the league in Curry, they also know how to play as a team, as shown by this highlight from their official Twitter account:
After a head-scratching loss to the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 16, Golden State has won five in a row and become the first team to record 30-plus assists in five straight games since the 1994-95 Orlando Magic, per GSWStats.
ESPN Stats & Info was full of Warriors tweets after the game, including this mind-blowing one:
The Warriors have not trailed in any of the last 186 minutes they have played— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2016
At this point nothing should surprise anyone when it comes to Golden State. The Warriors are the defending champions, have the 2014-15 MVP (Curry), have a triple-double monster (Green) and the team's second-best guard (Thompson) has more 40-point games since the start of last season than anyone in the NBA except Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Golden State will have to play .861 ball in its final 36 games to break the all-time wins record. Considering they have won 91.3 percent of their first 46 games, it's not crazy to bank on them besting the mark of the record-holding Bulls team.
When it comes to wondering if it will happen, consider the chances are better than a Curry three-point attempt hitting nothing but net—which you already know is pretty good.