Warriors' streak is all about dominance

The Golden State Warriors' win on Tuesday was dominant, and appropriate given the overwhelming nature of the Warriors’ other wins in this NBA-record 16-0 start.

With that in mind, what are the most impressive numbers encapsulating what has happened in this winning streak?

Pouring it on

The Warriors led by at least 15 points for 38 of the 48 minutes in Tuesday’s game, which was their third wire-to-wire win of the season. They’ve led by at least 15 points for 167 minutes this season (no other team has more than 100). They’ve trailed for a total of 149 minutes.

The Warriors have two 30-point wins this season, as many as the rest of the teams in the NBA combined.

Tuesday's win was the most dominant of them all. The 38 minutes leading by at least 15 points is their most in any game in the past two seasons.

Signature shot

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the Warriors are the second team in NBA history to make more 3-pointers than their opponent in each of their first 16 games of the season. The only other team to do so is the 2008-09 New York Knicks.

The Warriors have made 199 3-pointers. Their opponents have made 91. That's a scoring advantage of 597-273.

Stephen Curry has 78 of them (nearly matching the opposition). He’s on pace for 399, which would destroy his NBA record of 286, set last season. Curry has more 3-pointers than the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Warriors have actually allowed more 2-pointers (498) than they’ve made (479).

Blocking out

One of the advantages of shooting so many 3-pointers is that you don't get that many of your shots blocked. And the Warriors are good at blocking shots. They've now blocked 100 this season but only 59 shots blocked.

They rank in the top five in the NBA in both blocked shots and fewest shots blocked. They're on pace to have 210 more blocked shots than their opponents, edging out the 203 more they had last season.

One result of the blocks is that the Warriors rank third in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing 95.8 points per 100 possessions, which is better than last season's team that led the NBA in defensive efficiency at 98.2 points allowed per 100 possessions.

Nearly unmatched

According to Elias research, only three teams have started 16-0 in a season in the four major sports. You probably know that one of the other two is the 2007 New England Patriots, who went 16-0 in the regular season and lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.

The other is more challenging: the 1884 St. Louis Maroons of baseball’s now defunct Union Association. That team started its season 20-0.


What’s the next streak chase for the Warriors? It’s the NBA’s all-time record of 33 straight wins, set by the Lakers in 1971-72. The Warriors are at 20 and counting, including the four wins they had to close the 2014-15 regular season.

One cool thing to look ahead to: If the Warriors could run the streak to 32, the 33rd game would come on Christmas against the Cleveland Cavaliers.