As the ball found the bottom of the net Saturday night in an overtime thriller in Oklahoma City, the Warriors escaped with a victory literally out of the jaws of defeat to move to 53-5 on the season.
The Warriors now roll into the last 24 games of the NBA season with a more than realistic chance of breaking the Chicago Bulls single season record of 72 wins.
Got us looking ahead here at SLOJunky about how exactly we see it going down…Here are the final 24match ups ( 17 at Oracle ) and how we see the Warriors breaking the record :
@ORACLE : WIN (54-5) The Hawks are playing a little better lately, Warriors catch them fresh on the 1st game of a west coast road trip. Add Oracle and a better bench, Dubs win.
@ ORACLE : WIN (55-5) After the instant classic in OKC, the Warriors get the Thunder on a back to back after Durant & Westbrook play the night before against the Clippers. Warriors have a decent rest and shake off the long road trip blues.
@ STAPLES : WIN (56-5) ummmm, yeah a win. Mucho minutes for Speights, Livingston, Rush & the bench.
@ ORACLE : WIN (57-5) The Magic are young and very talented. Warriors stretched away comfortably from them on the back end of grinder with the Miami Heat, no reason to see one slip away here.
@ ORACLE : WIN (58-5) Most likely a preview of the 1st round of the Western Conference playoffs as I see Houston falling out of contention. Dubs will make a statement and begin the process of establishing the “Roaracle” advantage.
@ ORACLE : WIN (59-5) Interesting game and we find out if the surging Blazers are a true match up problem for the Warriors or if the last visit was a legit sign of team that might athletically match up decently with the Dubs similar to OKC.
@ ORACLE : WIN (60-5) Suns are gunning for lottery balls.
@ ORACLE : WIN (61-5) Another team finding itself in the second half. Some signature wins lately but winning at Oracle and playing for the 4th time in 6 days is tough for the young Pelicans.
@ ORACLE : WIN (62-5) The Warriors beat a confident, surging Knicks team in NYC. I like the Warriors chances in Oakland against a New York team tanking in the second half.
@ AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA : LOSS (62-6) No particular reason other than you eventually have to find a few losses for these guys and the Texas swing is always a grind for the Warriors.
@ ATT CENTER : LOSS (62-7) Back to Back and this is the one Pop will want to win. If the Warriors are indeed in the 7 loss area , Kerr might even rest a couple starters in this game.
@ TARGET CENTER : WIN (63-7) Warriors right the ship and blow out the Timberwolves to get back on track.
@ ORACLE : WIN (64-7) I really feel that this may be the game that breaks the home winning streak, but the Warriors find a way to break the Clippers hearts again. This is the game that is the lynch pin tobreaking the Bulls record or tying it.
@ ORACLE :WIN (65-7) Not gonna happen again. Dubs in a blowout.
@ ORACLE : WIN (66-7) Might be by 40…
@ ORACLE : WIN (67-7) Rolling Warriors piling up another home win against the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.
@ VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA : LOSS (67-8) Why not ? Utah is very , very tough at home and it’s traditionally a brutal place for away teams to visit ( both the city & venue )
@ ORACLE : WIN (68-8) Weird game and possibly a huge trap game. The Celtics have the pieces in place to play 4 Quarters of defense against the world champs. A win but a possible scary match up.
@ ORACLE : WIN (69-8) Yet another trap game against a super athletic team with and explosive back court. This Celtics/Trailblazers stretch is a huge strain on the Warriors with the season grinding down. Another win but feels like it could be an OT game.
@ ORACLE : WIN (70-8) Blowout. No breakdown needed.
@ ORACLE : WIN (71-8) The BIG question with this game is simply the #1 seed standings. Popavich & Kerr out of the same playbook understanding the meaning / lack of meaning in this match up. I’m just going with the home teams in this stretch.
@ FEDEX FORUM : WIN (72-8) No Gasol…Warriors kinda have these guys number even at full strength. A key road game if they are going to break the record. Sort of a must win.
@ AT&T Center : LOSS (72-9) Head games central…Kerr rests his starters on the road and Popavich probably does the same. As stated above, the standings will dictate the intensity of this game.
@ ORACLE : WIN (73-9) Warriors close out the season and the record at home and Steph doesn’t play in the 4th.
So there it is, the NBA record. Chances of this shaking out exactly like this ?? Nada. But it sure is fun to start the conversation.