Warriors earn 49th straight home win, manhandling Pelicans
Remain 1 game ahead of 1995-96 Bulls' record 72-win season
Stephen Curry sliced himself a piece of red velvet birthday cake in the locker room and had a quick sample, then assured everybody he has no plans of slowing down in his late 20s.
Curry had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 on Monday night for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory.
"I hope to keep getting better, that's the mission, and I'll never be satisfied with where I'm at," Curry said. "I always want to find different ways to improve. I guess I'm officially in my prime, but we'll see how far this thing can go."
Draymond Green added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (60-6), who are 31-0 at Oracle Arena this season. With 16 games to go, they remain one game ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' pace in their record 72-win season.
"Sixty and 6 sounds good," Curry said. "It's a big accomplishment."
Birthday songs, MVP chants, and a serenade and piece of cake from his toddler daughter, Riley, made it a great day for Curry, all after his fifth Western Conference player of the week award this season and second in two weeks.
He shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range and 10 of 16 overall.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Thompson chips in
Klay Thompson added 18 points for Golden State, which swept the teams' first-round playoff series last year 4-0.
The Warriors clinched the Pacific Division during their off day Sunday, giving the franchise back-to-back Pacific titles for the first time since the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons.
"It's so rare in the NBA, in your first coaching job, to inherit a great team. They had already won 50-plus before I even got here," coach Steve Kerr said. "I'm pretty lucky to coach these guys."
The Pelicans opened the season at Oracle Arena on Oct. 27 and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry received his championship ring after serving as Warriors associate head coach last season as the franchise captured its first title in 40 years.
"No one plays like those guys," said Gentry, who stopped to see Curry afterward and was gifted with two autographed hats. "All of a sudden the flood gates open and that's what they're capable of doing."
The Warriors trailed 40-38 with 7:18 before halftime, then went on a 19-6 run late in the second quarter for a 59-50 lead at the break. Marreese Speights had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Anderson Varejao scored seven during the second quarter in a 55-point night by the reserves.
Most 3-pointers by teammates
Curry (322) and Thompson (209) have the most combined 3s by teammates during a single season in NBA history with 531, topping their previous-best mark of 525 from last season.
Curry played on his birthday for the third straight year and fourth time overall.