After a loss to Minnesota on March 1, the Golden State Warriors still held the NBA’s second-best record at 43-19.
They were also tied with the Suns for the league’s best home record at 26-7.
Vegas is still behind Golden State, as the Warriors are tied with Phoenix for the best odds to win the NBA Championship at +450 on BetMGM. The Nets were the previous favorites, but after trading James Harden, they are at +600.
As the Warriors head into the month of March, we go inside the numbers to further reveal why they remain a top contender, seemingly destined for the Western Conference Finals showdown with the Suns. We also toss in a few other nifty tidbits you may find to be interesting.
Golden State Warriors Statistical Highlights
Golden State Warriors Team Trends
The Warriors have the best Defensive Rating in the NBA (104.8). They rank second in the opponent field goal percentage (.435) and steals, with 9.42 per game.
Golden State also sits second in the league in assists with 27.3 per game.
The Warriors have the highest plus-minus in the NBA in the second half of games (+4.9) and in the third quarter (+3.1).
Golden State has come back from double-digit deficits to win 11 times this season. They are tied for the most comeback victories in the league by 10-plus points.
The Warriors have won nine of 15 games against the top 4 teams in each conference. They have won four of their six games against Phoenix and Utah.
Stephen Curry’s Standout Stats
Curry has set a new NBA record by making a three-pointer in 182 consecutive games. The streak began in December of 2018. He also had the second-longest streak of games with a three-pointer made, with 157 from November of 2014 to November of 2016.
Curry needs one more steal to tie Chris Mullin (1,630) as the all-time franchise leader.
The Warriors superstar now needs 94 points to reach 20,000 for his career. At the latest, he should be able to hit that milestone in the game on March 8th against the Clippers.
On December 28, Curry became the first player to total 3,000 three-pointers made for his career. He passed Ray Allen (2,973) as the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made on December 14 at Madison Square Garden. You may have already known that, but it is impossible to leave such a major career achievement out of this rundown.
Curry has scored 30-plus points 18 times this season and has scored 40-plus points six times.
On February 24th, against Portland, Curry had 18 points and 10 assists at halftime, the sixth first-half double-double of his career.
The previous month, on January 31 against Houston, Curry scored 21 points in the fourth quarter on his way to a 40-point outing. That set a personal record for the most points he has ever scored in the fourth quarter.
More Golden State Warriors Player Highlights
Jordan Poole leads the league in free throw percentage (.925). He made a career-high 45 straight free throws this season from January 20 to February 14. He has made 75 of his last 77 free throw attempts.
Poole has scored 20-plus points in five of his last six starts but has been coming off the bench since the return of Klay Thompson from a two-year Achilles injury.
In a league where being on the court where every night has become a rarity, Kevon Looney is a model of reliability. He is the only Golden State player to be active and start in every game this season. He is just one of six players in the NBA to play in every one of his team’s games this season.
Looney totaled 169 rebounds in January, the fourth-highest total in the NBA. He has led the Warriors in rebounding 23 times this season.
Jonathan Kuminga has played 20-plus minutes in 16 games this season. He is making the most of when he gets the extended court time. Kuminga has averaged 16.2 points per game in those 16 outings. He has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 games overall. Kuminga ranks third among rookies in field goal percentage (.503).
Andrew Wiggins is shooting .406 from three-point range, a new career standard for the first-time All-Star. He also does his best to prevent threes on the defensive end. Wiggins ranks second in the NBA in contested three-point shots (237).
Gary Payton II has started four straight games and has scored in double figures in all of them.
After missing the first 38 games of the season, Klay Thompson has led the Warriors in scoring five times.
Did You Know?
The Warriors have played 29 games without Draymond Green this season. They are 16-13 when he is out, and they have a 27-6 record when he plays.
Golden State’s home sellout streak, including regular season and playoffs, now stands at 410 consecutive games.
The Warriors have used 20 different starting lineups this season.
Golden State players have missed a total of 226 games this season due to injuries and illnesses.
Steve Kerr and former Warriors coach Don Nelson were named among the 15 greatest coaches in NBA history in February as part of the league’s 75th-anniversary celebration.