Warriors Are First NBA Team To Go 13-0 Without A Dominant Center
The Warriors are doing big things without a dominant big man, and when's the last time that happened? There are five teams in NBA history to reach 13-0, and they all have something in common: a star center who dominated the scoring and the boards. After Golden State went to 13-0 with an absurd comeback from a 23-point deficit against the home Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, we did some checking.
Here are the 13-0 NBA teams through history, and the centers who made them powerhouses.
1948-49 Washington Capitols ... Kleggie Hermsen, 708 points (2nd on team. Rebound stats were not kept then).
1957-58 Boston Celtics ... Bill Russell, 1,142 points (4th), 1,564 rebounds (1st).
1993-94 Houston Rockets ... Hakeem Olajuwon, 2,184 (1st), 955 (1st).
2002-03 Dallas Mavericks ... Dirk Nowitzki, 2,011 (1st), 791 (1st).
2015-16 Golden State Warriors ... Andrew Bogut, 7.4 PPG (7th), 7.4 RPG (2nd).
Yes, technically Nowitzki is a power forward, and the 7-6 Shawn Bradley played center. But Nowitzki was a 7-footer who nonetheless functioned as the Mavericks' dominant big man.
The Warriors have no one like that. Bogut is huge, but he's a role player -- sometimes little more than their enforcer. Festus Ezeli, at 6-11, does his part -- but he's not on the same planet as Bill Russell, Hakeem or the others.
Two of the teams above, the Capitols and the Celtics, went to 15-0 before losing -- the NBA record. It should be noted though that the Capitols finished the regular season 23-23, before rallying in the playoffs to win the NBA title.
The Warriors are built entirely differently, relying on outside shooting, defense and quickness to make their mark. It may be an overstatement to say that Golden State is revolutionizing the game, but it's setting new standards and at least proving that you don't have to have a great big man to set records.
Golden State 124, LA Clippers 117
"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win." -Sun-Tzu
— Famous Quotes (@WorldFamousFact) November 20, 2015
Thus wrote Sun-Tzu in The Art of War, and the Clippers would have done well to heed this advice on Thursday night. LA scored 41 points in the first quarter and at one point led Golden State by 23, but didn't seem to have a plan for the fourth quarter, and, well, the Warriors are now 13-0.
Stephen Curry had 40 points, with 13 in the fourth quarter when Golden State shot 89 percent from 3-point range, ending the game with a 25-8 run in the final 5:35 to beat the Clippers. LA led by 16 after the first quarter and by 23 in the second, with Chris Paul leading the way.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) November 20, 2015
In case you missed the end of that highlight:
Here are some numbers:
-- The Warriors are the 5th team in NBA history to start at least 13-0.
-- They're .500 since last season in games in which they trail by 20 points (3-3). Rest of NBA: 13-486.
-- The Warriors can lose their next two and they'd still be on a pace to win 70 games (via @TimKawakami).
55-34 in the 2nd. Video game, or nah?
— NBA (@NBA) November 20, 2015
The Warriors are so good I’m reconsidering criticizing the Sixers because, honestly, what’s the point of trying right now.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 20, 2015
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