DENVER (KRON) — The Golden State Warriors become the third NBA team to start 15-0 after beating the Nuggets 118-105 in Denver.
The Warriors are poised to break the record Tuesday night at Oracle Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers (2-10).
At 15-0, Golden State is currently tied with the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the ’93-94 Houston Rockets.
The defending champs have bested the ’57-58 Boston Celtics for the best start by an NBA champion.
The Warriors got off to a fast start taking a 34-23 lead in the first quarter. But the feisty young Denver team put up a fight in the second quarter. Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 2:08 remaining in the second quarter and Golden State never trailed again.
Stephen Curry had 19 points, the first time this season Curry hasn’t reached 20.
Harrison Barnes scored seven of his 17 points in the third quarter to allow the Warriors to gain some separation. This was the way things went for the Warriors in the third: Festus Ezeli missed a wide-open dunk and it clanged straight to Curry, who drained a 3-pointer.
When the Warriors played in Denver last March, they rested Curry & Co. That didn’t sit well with fans who were expecting to see the sharp-shooting guard.
Resting wasn’t an option this time. Not so close to an NBA record.
“Whether or not we get it, it really doesn’t affect our ultimate goal of trying to win a championship,” said interim coach Luke Walton, who picked up a technical in the third quarter. “It would be something nice to get along the way.”
Warriors: Walton said head coach Steve Kerr (back surgery) is “doing better.” Said Walton: “He gets really sick of being asked that question. So I’ve stopped asking it.” … The Warriors were 15 of 29 from 3-point range.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.