Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

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For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry heave down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history with their 31st assist of the game. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out more than 30 assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 31 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes. 

Instant Replay: Curry, Draymond combine for 50 in Warriors' win vs Kings

Instant Replay: Curry, Draymond combine for 50 in Warriors' win vs Kings

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors extended their win streak to six games, their longest in more than two months, with a 114-100 waxing of the Sacramento Kings before sellout crowd Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry led the charge, pouring in a game-high 27 points and coming within three rebounds of a triple-double. Draymond Green put in a season-high 23 points and Ian Clark added 10 off the bench.

The Warriors (58-14) recorded 37 assists, the franchise-record 44th time this season they have posted more than 30. They also had 12 steals, the NBA-best 37th time this season they’ve had reached double digits in that category.

Twelve different Warriors played, and all 12 entered the scoring column.

Rookie guard Buddy Hield totaled 22 points to lead the Kings, who lost for the fourth straight game and the 12 time in the last 15.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Curry and Green share the honors because they did the most damage.

Curry’s line: 27 points (9-of-17 shooting from the field, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, 4-of-4 from the line), 12 assists, seven rebounds and six steals. He played 33 minutes and was plus-28 for the game.

Curry’s five triples pushed his total to 277, the third-highest total in a season. He also owns the top two totals.

Green’s line: 20 points (8-of-17, 3-of-9, 4-of-5 from the line), eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block. He played 34 minutes and was plus-23.

TURNING POINT

After a layup by Lawson gave the Kings a 16-11 lead with 5:39 left in the first quarter, the Warriors came back with a 16-4 to close the quarter, for a 27-20 lead entering the second quarter.

The Warriors never trailed again, were up 57-50 at the half and 92-72 after three quarters. Sacramento got no closer than 11 in the fourth.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Kings: G Darren Collison (rest), G Tyreke Evans (rest), F Rudy Gay (L Achilles tear), G Malachi Richardson (R hamstring partial tear) and F Anthony Tolliver (rest) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Sunday afternoon, when they play host to the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

NBA Gameday: Curry brotherly love takes a hiatus for 48 minutes

NBA Gameday: Curry brotherly love takes a hiatus for 48 minutes

The Warriors will be without Andre Iguodala when they conclude their two-game road trip Tuesday night in Dallas with brother-against-brother competition in a game with playoff implications.

While Stephen Curry and the Warriors are chasing the No. 1 overall seed, younger brother Seth Curry and the Mavericks are simply hoping to slip into the postseason.

The Warriors (56-14) have rebounded from a stretch during which they lost five of seven to won their last four games, including a 111-95 bashing of the Thunder Monday night in Oklahoma City.

Though the Mavericks (30-39) have made considerable progress after going 9-23 over the first two months, they remain 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Zaza Pachulia & Co. vs. Dirk Nowitzki: Though he has missed 26 games with injuries or other reasons associated with being 38 years old, Nowitzki remains among the game’s most dangerous shooters. The 7-footer is playing center, sort of a stretch-5, which means Pachulia will be among several defenders, including Draymond Green, David West and maybe Matt Barnes. The clear upside for the Warriors is that Nowitzki is a profoundly ineffective defender.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) and F Andre Iguodala (L hip strain) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Mavericks: No injuries listed.

LAST 10

Warriors: 6-4. Mavericks: 6-4.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won the last five meetings, including the first two this season, and have prevailed in 12 of the last 13.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

WARRIORS ROTATIONS: Iguodala is among the NBA’s top sixth men. His absence creates a large vacuum, for he typically is the first player off the bench and the one who spends the most time with the starters, particularly in the fourth quarter of close games. This could mean more minutes for Shaun Livingston, who is slumping, as well as Barnes. It surely means a different look for the Warriors.

THE CURRYS: There will be moments when the two will square off, much as they did in their backyard while growing up. After stints with four other teams, Seth Curry appears to have found his NBA home. He has been crucial to the Mavs’ recovery this season; they’re 12-3 when he scores at least 18 points. This will not matter when he’s one-on-one with his big brother, who happens to be a two-time MVP. Brotherly love will take a 48-minute hiatus.

THE PACE GAME: The Warriors are a go-go team, the Mavs a go-slow bunch, ranking 29th in pace and dead last in made field goals. Dallas is the only team in the NBA averaging less than 100 points per game. The Mavs keep the turnovers low, but if the Warriors are able to own the glass (the Mavericks are last in rebounding), they should be able to punish Dallas in transition.