Curry sparks Warriors to historic win streak, title
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WASHINGTON – Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors dominated the NBA in 2015, winning the team’s first league title since 1975 and starting the 2015-16 campaign with a record-setting win streak.
As the year began, LeBron James was pulling together an injury-hit Cleveland Cavaliers team in his first season back in his home region after vowing to make the Cavs a champion.
And while eyes were focused on his revival of the Cavaliers and their run to the NBA Final, 3-point hot shot Curry was sparking the Warriors to the Western Conference crown and a spot in the NBA Final against James and Cleveland.
An injury to Kyrie Irving in the opener hurt Cleveland and not even James could summon the heroics to deny the Warriors their fourth league crown and the first in 40 years, Golden State winning the best-of-seven series four games to two.
And they have been winning ever since, even though coach Steve Kerr missed the record start of the 2015-16 season with back pain and illness and assistant Luke Walton guided Golden State’s historic run.
The Warriors made a record 24-0 start to the 2015-16 NBA season before losing 108-95 at Milwaukee on December 12, shattering the old mark of 15 wins to start a season set by Washington in 1948-49 and matched by Houston in 1993-94.
Golden State’s run of 28 wins in a row over two seasons marked the second-longest run in NBA history, five shy of the record 33 wins in a row by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 campaign. (AFP)
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