The Golden State Warriors find themselves in an unfamiliar position—ahead of teams in the standings.
The Warriors will look to continue their best start in 10 years when they meet the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Golden State has a winning record after 19 games for the first time since opening 11-8 in 1993-94. That was the last time the Warriors made the playoffs as they finished the regular season 52-30.
Without question, Golden State will need to bottle its current work ethic and use it over the next 63 games to have a chance at making the playoffs in the highly competitive Western Conference.
“Long way to go—it’s just December,” point guard Nick Van Exel said.
The Warriors have won two straight and six of their last eight to move into a tie for third place in the Pacific Division.
Richardson had 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Warriors.
Even the Warriors’ opponents have taken notice of Golden State’s turnaround.
“That’s a young team that has confidence and is playing well,” Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett said.
The Warriors hope to end a seven-game losing streak against the Bucks.
Milwaukee has lost three straight and eight of its last 12.
The Bucks shot just 35 percent from the floor in a 91-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
“We didn’t make shots when we had easy opportunities,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “We just couldn’t make anything … We just have to figure out how to make shots.”
Milwaukee is shooting 38.8 percent from the field over its last three games.