Warriors Seek to Rebound from First Loss
On Saturday, December 12, the Golden State Warriors 24-game winning streak was ended with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Although heavily favored, they were due for a loss, as they were playing without two of their young superstars due to injuries: SF Harrison Barnes and All-Star SG Klay Thompson. Both of these players were crucial to their team’s success, averaging a combined 31.3 points per game and 61.7 minutes a game. Additionally, they were at the end of a seven-game road stretch, where they barely scraped a victory out against Boston the night before in double OT.
Regardless of the loss, the Warriors set the record for best start to an NBA season with 24 consecutive wins and were nine games away from breaking the ’71-’72 Los Angeles Lakers’ consecutive regular season win streak of 33 games. They were also one win away from most consecutive road games won on a single trip: 7. No NBA team in history has ever completed this feat. The Bucks are known for having the title as “streak enders,” as they ended the ’71-’72 Lakers 33-game streak, the ’82-’83 76ers 14-game streak, the ’06-’07 Spurs 13-game streak, the ’73-’74 Celtics 12-game streak and finally the ’10-’11 Mavericks 12-game streak. This said, every single one of those teams that had their streaks broken by the Bucks went on to win the NBA Title. That may give Warriors fans optimism for the rest of the season and hopefully bring yet another trophy back to the Bay result in another championship.