The Golden State Warriors (36-7) have been so good this year, especially at home, that it’s almost surprising – if not stunning – when they lose.
That was the case Tuesday night, as the Warriors lost in overtime to the Chicago Bulls, 113-111, at ORACLE Arena. Golden State, which had won 19 straight home games, dropped to 21-2 at home.
“We wanted to keep that going,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said of the streak on Gio and Jones. “We have the ultimate home-court advantage with our fans out here in the Bay Area. They bring it every night, so we want to do the same. We set the franchise record for most wins in a row at home, but we wanted to keep it going. It was a tough finish last night. We struggled to shoot the ball down the stretch, but they made some plays and snuffed a victory out.
“We have lofty goals this year, but we definitely knew we weren’t going to go undefeated the rest of the season,” Curry continued. “So this won’t knock us down. We’ll be able to bounce back hopefully pretty quickly, start a new streak and get back to our winning ways.”
The Warriors had won five straight and 13 of 14 before losing to Chicago. They lead the league in scoring (111.1 points per game) and assists (27.3), rank in the top eight in rebounding and are steadily improving on the defense end.
“Just the opportunity to guard my position and be that first line of defense for our team, you understand what it takes to win a championship,” Curry said. “You got to be able to do it on both ends and stick to the game plan going into each game and winning your matchup. So you’re not going to win it every night, but to have that accountability and just that commitment to the defensive end has shown a lot of results this year. So Coach Kerr has put a lot of responsibility on me to guard my position, regardless of who it is, and I’ve got to take that challenge head-on and do my job.”
Curry has been the best player on the best team in the NBA. He is averaging 22.8 points and 8.2 assists, which rank eighth and fifth, respectively, in the league.
Is Curry the MVP?
“I want to be,” the 26-year-old said. “It’s obviously about my team winning games and solidifying ourselves as the best team in the league, and if we’re going to do that, I have to do my job along the way. I’m not really worried about what stats it’s going to take if you look at each game. But if I win my matchup every single night and compete at a high level, at the end of the year you want to be in that conversation and kind of let it take care of itself. That’d be a dream come true. That’s something I’ve been working so hard for – to become the best point guard in the league. We’ll see what happens.”
One thing is certain: Curry has flourished under first-year head coach Steve Kerr, who was quite the sharpshooter in his day. In fact, Curry and Kerr often have free-throw contests at practice. Curry is up 13-3 on the season but lost Tuesday.
“So I had two losses yesterday, which was kind of not a good day,” Curry said, chuckling. “But I’ll be back.”