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Appreciating the Warriors’ 19-Game Home Winning Streak

The Golden State Warriors’ franchise-record 19-game home winning streak came to a stunning end on Tuesday night, when Derrick Rose and the short-handed Chicago Bulls came into Oracle Arena and pulled out 113-111 overtime victory. Klay Thompson had a chance to send the game to a second overtime after Derrick Rose nailed a jumper to put the Bulls up two, but Thompson’s wide-open floater rimmed out at the buzzer.

It was a bizarre game for both teams. Even without Andrew Bogut, it looked like the Warriors were going to run away from the Bulls, who were without Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy. Thompson and Stephen Curry went off in the first quarter, and it looked like Chicago had no chance of stopping them.

But the Bulls kept hanging around, and soon the shots stopped dropping for Thompson and Curry. The pair combined to shoot 10-of-14 in the first quarter, but only 12-of-36 in the final three quarters and overtime. Even despite this, Golden State had several chances to put the game away thanks in large part to 11 Rose turnovers, but they uncharacteristically failed to do so.

We’ve become so accustomed to seeing the Warriors dominate at Oracle Arena, it was shocking to see them fail to twist the knife when they had the chance. Prior to Tuesday night, the last time Golden State lost at home was against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. That game was on Nov. 11.

There were a few close calls throughout the 19-game winning streak, with the closest being a 98-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Dec. 2. The Warriors escaped with the victory when Curry drilled a three-pointer with just 2.2 seconds left:

Besides that narrow win, Golden State only had three other games during the winning streak that had a margin of victory in the single digits. THREE. Think about that. 15 of the 19 games during the streak were won by at least 10 points. That’s insane, and it’s a testament to the consistent greatness of this Warriors team.

The streak becomes even more amazing when you look at the numbers. Golden State put up 114.6 points per game and had an average point differential of 18.1, which is nuts. The Warriors shot 49.6 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three while handing out 30.3 assists per game.

Looking at the lineup data, Golden State’s top three lineups all outscored their opponents by over 30 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. The lineup of Curry, Thompson, Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green had a net rating of 33.7 in 139 minutes. The unit of Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green and Marreese Speights had a net rating of 34.8 in 88 minutes. And the group of Curry, Thompson, Green, Speights and Andre Iguodala had a net rating of 30.4 in 51 minutes.

Individually, Curry averaged 20.5 points, 8.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 49.8 percent from the field overall and 43.3 percent from three in 31.7 minutes per game. Thompson averaged 24.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 51.3 percent overall and 47.3 percent from long range in 30.0 minutes per game. Included in this streak was Thompson’s record-setting 37-point third quarter against the Sacramento Kings. The shooting guard hit all 13 of his shots in the quarter and went 9-of-9 from deep. It was a once-in-a-lifetime performance, and it was made even more special because it was at home:

When it was all said and done, the Warriors’ 19-game home winning streak falls rather far down the list of longest home winning streaks in NBA history. The Bulls hold the all-time record, winning 44 straight home games from March 30, 1995 to April 4, 1996. But Golden State’s streak was still impressive, especially considering just how many of the games were total domination.

Now we’ll see how the Warriors respond to actually losing a game at home. The next game at Oracle is against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

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