Any way you slice it or dice it, the
The Warriors, who have an NBA-best record of 16-2, have built a championship contender behind the backcourt duo of
Now that the Warriors have improved on defense and are beating teams by an NBA-best 10.9 points a game, they've become nearly unbeatable. Golden State is 9-2 against opponents from the rugged Western Conference, 7-1 against Pacific Division rivals and sports an impressive 9-1 record on the road.
Thompson, who had a team-high 23 points in the win Thursday, says improved defense has helped fuel the winning streak.
"We've got such versatile defenders and such big wings ... we might have the longest team in the NBA," Thompson told reporters after the game. "And people don't appreciate Steph's defense as much as they should."
Curry had four of the Warriors' 11 steals against the Pelicans, who were forced into 17 turnovers. The all-star point guard also had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists.
How well did Golden State play Thursday?
"That's the best game we've played in a long time," said Coach Steve Kerr, who took over this season after