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Golden State Warriors set NBA record with 16-0 start

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The Warriors became the first team in NBA history to reach 16-0 after beating the L.A. Lakers 111-77 tonight.

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The Golden State Warriors set a new record for consecutive wins to open a season with their win tonight over the L.A. Lakers.

The Warriors improved to 16-0 with their win — it's a mark no team in NBA history has achieved, further validating the feeling that we're watching not only a dominant, fun, and remarkably unselfish team but also something special that is almost entirely without precedent.

Nobody has even reached 15 wins in the last 20 years since the 1993-94 Houston Rockets did it on their way to a pair of titles and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols have owned a share of this record 67 years — you can try as hard as you want to diminish this record as insignificant, but it's simply something that most teams cannot accomplish, which makes it worthy of our recognition and contemplation for a moment.

SEASON

TEAM

RECORD

2015-16

Golden State Warriors

16-0

1948-49

Washington Capitols

15-0

1993-94

Houston Rockets

15-0

1957-58

Boston Celtics

14-0

2002-03

Dallas Mavericks

14-0

1982-83

Seattle SuperSonics

12-0

1996-97

Chicago Bulls

12-0

1964-65

Boston Celtics

11-0

1990-91

Portland Trail Blazers

11-0

1997-98

Atlanta Hawks

11-0

1997-98

Los Angeles Lakers

11-0

Now the question is how long the Warriors can keep this thing going — without getting too cocky, the next target in their sites should probably be the 33 consecutive wins mark that the 1972-73 L.A. Lakers set. Dating back to last season, the Warriors have now won 20 straight regular season games and, given the way this team has already overcome obstacles this season, it's hard to rule out winning 13 more.

And why stop there? Why not aim for 33 straight in a single season, just to remove any controversy or asterisks?

But for now, we should probably just bask in the glory of what this team is: they're playing championship ball right now and we should maintain confidence that they'll be competing for the Larry O'Brien Trophy for years to come.

Speaking of the trophy, celebrate the Warriors' success and show your support for them with Tony.psd's championship shirt design.