Warriors Set All-Time Mark for Best Record at All-Star Break

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 12, 2016

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors shoots under little pressure from Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA game in Los Angeles, California on November 19, 2015 where the Warriors defeated the Clippers 124-117. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors enter the All-Star break as owners of a 48-4 record, with the corresponding .923 winning percentage setting an all-time NBA record at the break, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

The only other team to enter the break with a winning percentage above .900 was the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, who carried a 39-4 record (.907 win percentage) into the midseason juncture during their own historic campaign.

That 76ers squad would finish the regular season with a 68-13 record, eventually defeating the San Francisco Warriors in six games in a surprisingly competitive NBA Finals.

The Warriors had a modest 44-37 record of their own that season yet still managed to nab the top spot in a feeble Western Conference.

Unsurprisingly the 72-win Chicago Bulls of 1995-96 are responsible for the third-best record at the break in league history, with their 42-5 making for a .894 winning percentage.

The teams in fourth and fifth place, the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (.891) and 1996-97 Bulls (.875), also took home championships at the end of the season.

Some might call it a good omen for this season's Warriors, but the reality is that any team good enough to win 87 percent of its games before the break is probably good enough to win a championship, barring catastrophic injury.

Keep those ankle taped, Mr. Curry.


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