The Golden State Warriors haven’t been on this kind of roll in nearly two decades.
They’ll shoot for a season-high ninth straight win when they host the San Antonio Spurs, who are still battling for the best record in the Western Conference.
Already eliminated from postseason contention, Golden State continues to excel down the stretch in the hopes of building for next season. The last-place Warriors are 11-1 in their last 12 games, averaging 109.3 points and 45 percent shooting during their best stretch since recording the same record from Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 1975.
The Warriors have posted six wins over playoff-bound teams during their run, including a 127-119 victory over the league-leading Phoenix Suns on Friday in their highest scoring effort of the season.
Mickael Pietrus hit six 3-pointers en route to a career-best 28 points as the Warriors tied a franchise-record with 18 3s in their second victory over the Suns in three weeks.
“That’s probably the craziest it’s ever been in here,” Richardson said. “It felt like a playoff game, like we got a playoff berth with a win. We wanted to show these guys that we’re capable of being a playoff team next year.”
The late-season surge has been sparked by the arrival of Baron Davis at the trade deadline. The 6-foot-3 point guard continued his strong leadership on Friday, falling one rebound shy of his fifth career triple-double with 15 points, 15 assists and nine boards.
Adonal Foyle grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked five shots and had a career-high five assists for Golden State, which has won eight straight games for the first time since April 1994. The Warriors haven’t won more than eight in a row in a season since a 10-game run in December 1975.
“We’re playing with confidence,” said Dunleavy, who hit five 3s Friday. “We’re believing in each other and we’re going out and just having a good time, since we’re not going to the playoffs. Our season is ending in a couple of weeks, and we just want to go out with a bang.”
The Spurs snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 125-124 double overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Robert Horry made a 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds remaining and preserved the win with a block as the Spurs moved within one game of the Suns for the top seed in the West. Both teams have six games remaining. San Antonio leads Dallas by four games in the Southwest Division.
Manu Ginobili had 40 points, six rebounds and nine assists, and Tony Parker had 27 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who played their 10th straight game without two-time MVP Tim Duncan (ankle). Horry finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.