by Marissa Baurys (Team 13)
The Bulls’ 1995-1996 season record of 72-10 has long been the paragon for NBA success. The closest anyone else has ever come is 69-13, achieved by the ‘71-’72 Los Angeles Lakers. Now, the Golden State Warriors’ chase for the record faces the biggest hurdle yet. After the Wolves’ OT win against Golden State, the team must win all four of their remaining games to break the Bulls’ outstanding record.
Here’s why it can be done.
The goal isn’t unrealistic.
The Warriors have proven time and time again that an impressive win streak is one of their specialties. Their longest win streak in one season stretches across 24 games, claiming the title for the best season start in NBA history. The Warriors’ longest win streak across two seasons peaks at 28 games. The team’s 28 game streak is seven times what they’ll need to take the record.
The Warriors have the mindset.
The Warriors have expressed their acceptance of this record breaking challenge. Curry has embraced the challenge and knows that he must step up his performance to break this record. Curry missed 18 of the 25 shots he took against Minnesota, and he knows that his poor performance is bigger than just that one game.
The Warriors first face the San Antonio Spurs in the Lone Star State. The Spurs have an undefeated record at home this season, facing only two more games to get the perfect home record for the first time in NBA history. But they aren’t focused on that record. The Spurs only look to win one thing: championships. Parker and Ginobili have expressed these sentiments, admitting that a 37 or 38 game record at home is impressive in itself, and don’t believe the streak is worth their focus.
The Warriors think big picture and understand what it will take to change history and claim the record.