Interim coach Luke Walton believes the time will come when the Golden State Warriors finally lose a game.
The defending champions set the record for best start in league history at 16-0, as Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
BOX SCORE: WARRIORS 111, LAKERS 77
With their coach sidelined, the Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Confetti streamed down when the final buzzer sounded and Golden State’s players barely celebrated.
“It’s a special accomplishment any time you can do something that hasn’t been done before,” Curry said. “It’s not going to be total dominance for 82 games.”
Kobe Bryant shot 1 of 14 for just four points, matching the worst-shooting performance of his career in a game where he had at least one basket. The Lakers dropped to 2-12 with the second-worst record in the NBA.
“I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn’t have made a damn difference,” Bryant said.
Draymond Green added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 27 games with coach Steve Kerr watching from behind the scenes while recovering from complications following two back surgeries.
Walton is leading the way, and it might have been a little sweeter to set the record against the Lakers franchise he helped win two titles.
“Anything’s possible,” Walton said. “Eventually we will lose. It’s natural to let down at some point.”
Golden State became the sixth team in NBA history to win 20 consecutive regular-season games, a streak dating to last season. The Suns have the next shot at stopping this incredible start when the Warriors visit Phoenix on Friday night.
Now, the Warriors can aim for two more NBA records: 33 straight or 72 total wins.