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LeBron James Comments on Warriors Potentially Breaking NBA Wins Record

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) walks in front of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2016

The Golden State Warriors' quest to set a new NBA record with 73 wins during the regular season has become the biggest storyline in sports, with everyone being asked about it during All-Star Weekend. 

LeBron James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers have already felt the Warriors' wrath twice this season, told reporters he thinks Golden State has a chance to surpass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 mark, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: "Records are meant to be broken, so it is possible."

In Cleveland's first meeting with Golden State on Christmas Day, it was a close 89-83 slugfest that looked like one of the early games in last year's NBA Finals. The Warriors changed everything on January 18, defeating the Cavaliers 132-98.

Talking about Golden State's evolution since winning the NBA championship, James said depth is a big reason for the Warriors' success:

I think they've used last year to take them to a new height. Obviously with Steph and Draymond and Klay they spearhead the whole thing, but everybody else, from Iggy (Finals MVP Andre Iguodala) to (Leandro) Barbosa to (Harrison) Barnes to (Andrew) Bogut, all the way down, those guys fall into place. They know their role, they know what they need to do every single night.

Four days after the Cavaliers' 34-point loss to Golden State, they fired head coach David Blatt and promoted assistant Tyronn Lue. Warriors star Draymond Green said in Vardon's report that they "didn't get (Blatt) fired. Nobody's firing someone off one game, that's for sure."

Yet the timing for Cleveland's major change led to a lot of conspiracy theories, which general manager David Griffin tried to dispel in his press conference addressing Blatt's departure. 

James returned to Cleveland with the hopes of bringing a title to the franchise. Last year he guided the Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference title for the first time since 2007 and has them leading the conference with a 38-14 record. 

But that's not good enough for James or the Cavaliers. The Warriors are the benchmark in today's NBA, owning a 48-4 record and breezing by the competition. 

At this point, it would be an upset if Golden State didn't hit the 73-win mark. Yet none of that will matter if the team doesn't finish things off with a second consecutive championship in June. 

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