Golden State Warriors: When Will Their Winning Streak End?


All good things must come to an end, but luckily for the Golden State Warriors, their win streak has yet to do so.

After Sunday’s 119-105 win over the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors earned their 15th straight victory to open the season, tying the 1948-1949 Washington Capitols and the 1993-1994 Houston Rockets for the best start in NBA history.

The Warriors, whose record now stands at 15-0 on the season, will have a shot at history when they take on their southern California rival, the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night in Oakland. If the Warriors do manage to snag another victory, they will stand alone in the NBA record books owning the best start in NBA history with 16 straight wins to start the season without a single loss.

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That accomplishment is indeed phenomenal, but perhaps more impressive is their overall record over the last two seasons. Since the start of the 2014-2015 season, the Warriors record stands at 98-20, a .830 win percentage over the last 118 games, including playoffs.

Because the Warriors ended last season with four straight victories, their overall regular season winning streak stands at 19 games. In case you were wondering, the NBA record for most regular season wins in a row is 33 games, held by the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers. For the Warriors to beat that record, they would have to remain unbeaten through December 28th, when the play the Sacramento Kings, the potential record-breaking game.

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But all that is just a pipe dream right? The Warriors can’t possibly stay unbeaten until then, can they? Almost no one envisioned them coming out of the gate this hot, and they were the defending champions coming off a season where they had the third-most wins in an NBA season, playoffs included. For them to beat the 1971-1972 Lakers, their season record would need to get to 30-0.

The fan in me wants to believe they can make it. He want to believe they can keep this thing going and eventually stand alone with the best win streak in NBA history. He want to believe that by the season’s end, the Warriors will hold the new record for regular season wins, surpassing the 72 wins set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-1996.

The realist in me says they cannot, but then again, this team has proven me, and everyone else for that matter, dead wrong. If we look at this situation from an objective point of view, it is clear that the Warriors will lose some time, and that time may be very soon.

Nov 19, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reach for the ball in the second half of the game at Staples Center. The Warriors won 124-117. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

So when will the Warriors take their first loss of the season? Many thought it would be in Memphis after the Warriors drubbed the Grizzlies by 50 points a week prior. Then sights got shifted to last weeks game In Los Angeles against the Clippers, who were looking to prove that the Warriors were, in fact, lucky to not have to play them in last year’s post season. The game against the Brooklyn Nets looked to be the end, as the Warriors were a Brook Lopez missed tip away from falling, but still their record has remained unblemished.

Now, with an upcoming slate of games against teams who missed last year’s playoffs, logical reasoning would say that the Warriors are going to keep up their winning ways. Perhaps, we should all slow our roll. After all, this is the NBA. A team could lose to anyone on any given night, as we almost saw against the one-win Nets. Anything can happen, and anything will happen.

Another thing to note is that starting on November 30th, the Warriors will embark on a seven-game road trip, their longest of the year. That many games away from home can be taxing, and one off night can derail a team’s chances to win.

It is impossible to predict when the Warriors will lose. Their toughest game, on paper, in the next two weeks is probably against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. Past that, they won’t see a team above a .615 winning percentage until Christmas Day, against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The Warriors, while quite obviously the best team in the association, are not invincible. A poor shooting night from the team combined with an excellent effort from the opposition can and will end the Warriors win streak. It is just a matter of time before the Warriors submit an entry into the loss column this year, and it may be at the hands of a far inferior team.