With 17 games remaining in the regular season, the Golden State Warriors have won the Pacific Division title and earned a top-three seed in the playoffs after the Los Angeles Clippers' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
The Warriors, 59-6, have held the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference all season and are currently ahead of the second-place San Antonio Spurs by 3.5 games.
The defending champs are also chasing the 72-win record held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and gunning for a championship repeat.
The team announced the division title shortly after the Clippers’ loss:
Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area outlined the Warriors' path to the next milestone they can clinch:
Clinched playoffs in Feb, clinched Pacific Division today. #Warriors want 1 more clinching, homecourt, which can't happen til next month.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) March 13, 2016
It’s the first time in 40 years the Warriors have won back-to-back division titles, per GSW Stats. The last time it did so, Golden State won the NBA title in 1974-75 and lost in the Western Conference Finals the following season.
The Pacific title is certainly a milestone, but the Warriors have their sights set on so much more.
Already in the conversation among the best teams in history, the Warriors hope to cement that legacy by winning their second straight NBA title. And a division championship is the first step to doing so.