BOSTON – The Golden State Warriors are bearing down on one of sports’ most revered records. In the meantime, they’re knocking off some more obscure ones.
The 23-0 Warriors, having ended last season with four regular-season victories, need just six more to tie the all-time NBA (and major professional sports) mark of 33 straight wins, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. They can tie the record on Christmas Day. Yeah, you know that.
But here’s another tidbit. No NBA team has ever finished 7-0 on a seven-game road trip, according to both the Warriors and ESPN. A seven-game road itinerary is an arduous and miserable prospect for any basketball team. Winning them all? It’s never been done.
The Warriors have won five games on their current “playcation.” They tip off here in Boston tonight, and finish the barnstorming tour at Milwaukee tomorrow night. History is there for the taking.
“I know everybody’s ready to go home,” Stephen Curry said after Friday’s shootaround at TD Garden. “But we still have two more days to hopefully get two more wins and end the road trip on a high note. I think we’ve talked about no team in history has gone 7-0 on a road trip before, so another kind of mini-goal that you can kind of latch onto, and hopefully attain before we head home.”
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The funny thing is, the Warriors came oh-so-close to achieving this milestone at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Starting Dec. 29, 2013, they won at Cleveland (in overtime), Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Washington and Milwaukee, only to fall to the Brooklyn Nets 102-98 on Jan. 8.
And the season before that, in December of 2012, the Dubs started a seven-gamer (there should be an ominous, old-fashioned name for that brutal of a road, like “a se’en-gamer”) by winning at Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Charlotte and Miami, then lost at Orlando before rebounding for a victory at Atlanta to finish the trip 6-1.
This Warriors team is better than those Warriors teams. So don’t be surprised to see the Dubs reach a historic milestone on their way to a much bigger historic milestone.