Warriors thrash Lakers to clinch best start to NBA season in history

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Stephen Curry No.30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on November 24, 2015 in Oakland, California. AFP PHOTO

Stephen Curry No.30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on November 24, 2015 in Oakland, California. AFP PHOTO

SAN FRANCISCO: Stephen Curry scored 24 points as the Golden State Warriors set a new record for the longest unbeaten start to an NBA season with a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

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Reigning MVP Curry turned on the style as the Warriors extended their perfect start to 16 games, surpassing the previous best of 15-0 they had shared with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and 1948-49 Washington Capitols.

A sell-out crowd at the Oracle Arena had come to see the NBA champions make history and the outcome never looked in doubt from the outset against a Lakers side who slumped to 2-12 with the loss.

At times the game resembled a training exercise for the Warriors as they sprinted into a 30-11 first quarter lead against their outclassed opponents, effectively scoring at will.

Draymond Green scored 12 points in the opening quarter, with Curry and Harrison Barnes chipping in with eight points each.

The healthy cushion built over the first period never looked like being overhauled by the Lakers, who trailed by 16 points at the half, 54-38.

It got worse for the Lakers after the interval as the Warriors cut loose, outscoring their opponents by 35-17 to extend their lead to 89-55 heading into the final quarter.

By midway through the final quarter the Warriors led by more than 40 points with the Lakers barely managing token resistance.

The Warriors blistering start to the season however remains well short of the longest winning streak in history, which continues to be the 33-game run set by the Lakers in the 1971-72 season.

Golden State could threaten the Chicago Bulls’ all-time season record however, when a side led by Michael Jordan finished the 1995-96 campaign with a 72-10 record.

AFP

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