The Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to 11 games with a commanding 112-85 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. This win ties the franchise record for consecutive wins.
The Warriors now hold the NBA’s best record (16-2) thanks in part to the hot shooting hands of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson; the Splash brothers scored a combined total of 42 points in the victory.
Steve Kerr’s squad leads the NBA in field goal percentage (48 percent) and assists per game (26.0), which is one of the things Kerr, a first-year coach, emphasizes the most.
The Warriors offense is so good that their defense can be easily overlooked. They rank fifth in points allowed per game (95.9) and lead the NBA in blocked shots (6.4 per game).
Curry had 19 points and 11 assists to complete the double-double and added four steals. Thompson scored 23, Harrison Barnes added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds in a very convincing win that served as more than just another win for the team.
"That's the best game we've played in a long time," Kerr said. "Part of it was that we knew we were challenged by this team. It was good for our team to come in and feel threatened and, as a result, kind of get our edge back."
The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis was the biggest threat for the Warriors. This was Davis’ first time playing on TNT, and he made the most of it. He scored 30 points and corralled 15 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season.
The Warriors will look for the franchise’s longest winning streak (12) Saturday when they travel to Chicago to the face the 12-7 Bulls.