The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 on Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015. The reigning NBA champions Warriors matched the record 15-0 opening achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and by the Houston Rockets in 1993-94. They will try to break the record when they host the lackluster Los Angeles Lakers today. "To get to 15-0 and tie a record that has been standing for a long time is a huge accomplishment," said reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry.
"We want to take it to the next level Tuesday back at home," Curry said. "But to come here and get this win, with what it all meant, was a huge accomplishment for us."
The Warriors' wins have run the gamut - from a 119-69 blowout of the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 2 to a rally from a 23-point first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-117 on Thursday. Sunday's win was their 10th double-digit victory of the season, despite the fact that Curry, who came into the contest averaging 33.6 points per game, delivered fewer than 20 points for the first time this season. Curry - who took a season-low 16 shots - finished with 19 points - 10 of them in a decisive third quarter in which the Warriors stretched their lead to 91-79. Washington fell in six games to the then-Minneapolis Lakers, while the Rockets of Hakeem Olajuwon won their first NBA title, beating the New York Knicks in seven games. As the Warriors go from strength to strength, one of the teams expected to challenge them in the West - the Los Angeles Clippers, endured their third straight defeat on Sunday, falling 91-80 to Toronto to fall to 6-7 for the season. The Dallas Mavericks, third in the West behind Golden State and the San Antonio Spurs, saw their six-game winning streak end with a 117-114 loss to Oklahoma City.