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73 wins means nothing to Andrew Bogut without 'a ring'

Kristopher Love | 08 April, 2016, 21:30

Limiting the Spurs to 19-for-51 shooting (37.3%) while running up a 71-48 margin at the midpoint of the third quarter, the Warriors were thoroughly dominant in improving to 9-0 following a loss.

The Golden State Warriors made a statement with an 112-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, clinching home court advantage throughout the playoffs in a clash of National Basketball Association titans. The previous record was 45-straight wins held by the Chicago Bulls.

The 70-9 Warriors are three wins in their final regular-season games from breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' single-season record of 72.

The game between both teams marked the first time in league history that two teams with at least 65 wins faced off in a regular season matchup. The final three games-at Memphis and San Antonio, then home against the Grizzlies-mean nothing from a competitive standpoint.

The Spurs last met the Warriors at home and handed them their most offensive deflating loss on the year in holding the mighty Warriors to only 79 points.

"I think that my size and length would bother [Curry] a little bit", said Pippen, who also emphatically said he could limit Curry to less than 20 points. "I think we're mature enough and have enough of an edge to get it done".

Steph Curry's postgame comments (full transcript here) were more nuanced-he wants teammates to speak up if they feel strongly about playing or resting-but he did note that 73 wins is "obviously a lot to play for".

Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr hints that all the publicity surrounding the team's historic run has started to play a factor in their recent losses.

Tony Parker (4-for-10, 10 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (5-for-16, 11 points) and Tim Duncan (2-for-6, four points) all struggled for San Antonio, which lost to Golden State for just the fifth time in their past 29 regular-season meetings.

April 2: Popovich rested rookie Boban Marjanovic, along with veterans Miller and Kevin Martin, for the team's 102-95 win over the Toronto Raptors.

The building shook, Stephen Curry attacked and conquered, Andrew Bogut wrestled all foes into submission and the Warriors finally looked like a 70-victory team again. But Barnes answered with a pair of 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 52-40 lead at the break.

Not to be outdone, Kerr got angry after a turnover led to an open 3-pointer for Danny Green late in the first half and slammed his white board so hard during the timeout that his marker flew into the air.

With the win, the Hawks climb to the third spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of fourth placed Boston, though the Celtics do have a game-in-hand. A day prior, the Spurs announced Diaw would miss due to right adductor soreness. "Being healthy and winning games, those are things we care about".

"I'm actually surprised this didn't happen a while back", Kerr said. They popped it in, I went back in real quick, and as soon as I touched the ball it went right back out.