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Golden State edge closer to history

  • Golden State edge closer to history

Golden State have again overcome a determined opponent as they inch closer to NBA history, defeating the Chicago Bulls 106-94 at Oracle Arena.

The win lifts the Warriors to 14-0, tying them with the 1957/58 Boston Celtics (14-0) and 2002/03 Dallas Mavericks.

Illustrating just how well the Warriors are playing, the 57/58 Celtics roster included future NBA Hall of Famers Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman, while the 2002/03 Dallas side contained two men who would become league MVPs in Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash (twice).

In a tight game, the Warriors were again led by Steph Curry, who traded threes with Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich through the middle of the fourth quarter to helped his side a 92-89 lead with just over five minutes left on the clock.

From there the Warriors never looked back.

While Curry again topped the scoring with 27 points it was Golden State's defensive pressure down the stretch, particularly that of Draymond Green that was vital as the Warriors outlasted the Bulls.

Curry was quick to praise the defensive effort.

"Defensively we did our job and that's where we make our money," said the reigning MVP.

"They play hard, they play physical, we matched it tonight and got a win."

They even did it with defensive weapon, Australian centre Andrew Bogut sitting through much of the final quarter.

Next up for the Warriors, as they look to tie the best ever start to a season (15-0) are the Denver Nuggets in the mile high city, and should they win that they will look to be on their own when hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on November 24.

In other games, the surging Dallas Mavericks continued their hot streak, defeating Utah Jazz 102-93, Dirk Nowitzki scoring 19 and hitting all three of his attempts from beyond the arc.

New Orleans recorded just their second win of the season, shocking the San Antonio Spurs 104-90 as Ryan Anderson let loose for his second straight 30-point game.

Patty Mills chipped in from the bench for the Spurs with 11 points on a night where only Kawhi Leonard (22) and LaMarcus Aldridge (20) got it going for the Texans.

Aron Baynes' Detroit side continued their positive season start, breaking their Minnesota hoodoo with a 96-86 win over the slumping Timberwolves as centre Andre Drummond dominated the glass yet again with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Baynes also grabbed 11 boards in the win and added six points.

The Toronto Raptors beat the Lakers 102-91, Portland made it two losses on the trot for the LA Clippers with a 102-91 win, Memphis beat Houston 96-84 and Phoenix kicked off a long road stretch with a 114-107 win over Denver.

In a good sign for the Eastern Conference the New York Knicks achieved a rare win over a Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City 93-90, despite 34 points from Russell Westbrook.

Boston continued their good start to the season with a 120-95 result over Brooklyn, while Charlotte dropped the hapless Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 113-88 belting.

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