The playoffs are out of reach, but the Golden State Warriors are looking like a postseason team.
The Warriors will look to extend their season-high winning streak to seven games when they host the struggling Los Angeles Clippers.
Golden State beat Washington 99-78 on Friday. Erick Dampier had 19 points and 21 rebounds for the Warriors, whose run of excellence has followed a nine-game losing streak that will likely keep them out of the playoffs for the 10th straight season.
Golden State is six games out of the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with 11 to play.
According to the Warriors, their winning streak is the longest in league history following a losing streak of nine or more games.
“We’re just putting together some great team effort,” said Dampier, who has 40 double-doubles this season. “If we can match (last season’s win total), we’d feel like we did get better at the end of the season. That’s a goal for us.”
The Warriors, who finished last season 38-44, have allowed an average of 83.5 points per game during their winning streak.
“It is a comfort zone,” Avery Johnson said. “The main thing is that you know who you are coming in for and you know who you are coming in with. You know what you are going to do offensively, and then you know what you are going to do defensively.
“We have nine guys that know everybody’s position, and when a guy has a flaw we are not complaining about it, we are just helping the guy become a better player and that is the difference.”
The Clippers lost 98-82 to Minnesota on Saturday for their season-high seventh straight defeat.