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The Warriors (25-1) get a chance to smack around the Bucks (10-17) tonight, at Golden State. Will be fun to see what happens. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting:

The Bucks dealt the Warriors their first loss of the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday in Milwaukee — Golden State’s final stop on a seven-game road trip.

Less than a week later, the Bucks will face a rested Warriors team at Oracle Arena. Warriors players, recalling a late-game dunk by Michael Carter-Williams and the subsequent celebration, are plenty motivated. And interim head coach Luke Walton is all for it.

“They had a little celebration. It is what it is. They won a regular season game. The 24-1 shirts in the NBA store and the streak-buster shirts, I’m not sure if … that’s what I want to promote for my team. But hey, to each his own. I don’t really get caught up in it.

“I think Michael Carter-Williams getting a dunk at the end of the game and looking at our bench like, ‘Dude, you lost your spot.’ It’s not quite common that you should be looking toward someone’s bench and yelling when you’ve got some ground to make up. But I love the intensity. It is what it is.

“And they’ve got to come in here on Friday night.”

Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting on the 24-1 Golden State Warriors, who after winning 24 games in a row this season finally took a loss:

No team ever wants to lose a game, but the Warriors grudgingly admitted Monday, after two days of reflection, that the first blemish on their previously perfect record brings a measure of relief.

It took coach Luke Walton, who initially said no part of him welcomed the end of their win streaks – 24 in a row this season, 28 overall – a while to realize this can be a positive.

“I think with the streak being over,” he told CSNBayArea.com after a long pause, “we can get back to focusing on some smaller, more important, detail things. Obviously, you don’t want the streak to be over because of how much fun it is.

“But, I guess, to answer your question, there’s a little part of me that knows we’re going to get some better work in, now that the streak is over.”

The streak is over for the Golden State Warriors.

Their NBA-record start ended after 24 wins when the Milwaukee Bucks beat them 108-95 on Saturday night.

Golden State fell to 24-1. Its 28-game winning streak, counting the final four games of last season, came to a halt. The NBA’s longest winning streak was 33 by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72 — and it was also snapped by Milwaukee.

Greg Monroe scored 28 points for the Bucks, who got the all-around effort needed to beat the defending NBA champions.

It also helped that the Warriors, perhaps fighting fatigue after needing two overtimes to win at Boston on Friday, were cold from 3-point range. They usually make 13 a night, but were just 6 of 26 from behind the arc playing on the final game of a seven-game road trip.

Stephen Curry had 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point territory.

– Associated Press

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Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson and the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 6.

Jackson led the Pistons to a 4-0 week behind averages of 27.0 points (fourth in the conference), 8.8 assists (second in the conference), 3.0 rebounds and 1.75 steals. Jackson shot 56.9 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from three-point range and 89.3 percent from the foul line. He scored 20 or more points in each contest, and eclipsed the 30-point plateau twice. During a 127-122 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 2, Jackson scored 34 points and dished out a season-high 16 assists.

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Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 week, with all wins coming on the road, behind a league-best 34.5 points. Curry, who also averaged 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds, scored 25 or more points in each contest, and twice reached the 40-point plateau. On Dec. 5, Curry connected on 9-of-15 three-point field goals en route to a game-high 44 points as the Warriors topped the Toronto Raptors 112-109.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Al Horford, Houston’s James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ David Blatt and the Golden State Warriors’ Luke Walton today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.

Blatt guided the Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference-best 13-4 (.765) record for games played in October and November. After dropping their season opener to the Chicago Bulls, the Cavaliers reeled off eight consecutive victories from Oct. 28 – Nov. 13. The defending conference champion Cavaliers own a 9-0 record at Quicken Loans Arena, and rank sixth in the NBA in both scoring (103.1 points) and team defense, limiting opponents to 96.5 points.

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While filling in for head coach Steve Kerr (back surgery), Walton has led the defending champion Warriors to the best start in NBA history at 19-0. The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring at 115.3 points, and enjoy the largest point differential in the league at 15.4 points. Walton is in his second season on the Warriors’ staff, and previously served as a player development coach with the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders during the 2013-14 season.

Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Charlotte’s Steve Clifford, Indiana’s Frank Vogel, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan, Orlando’s Scott Skiles, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Toronto’s Dwane Casey.

The NBA clarified today the league’s rules regarding coaching records: the head coach of record is credited with team wins and losses. Steve Kerr remains the head coach of record for the Golden State Warriors and is credited with those results.

Additionally, any team head coach, interim head coach or acting head coach is eligible to be recognized with league coaching awards. Therefore, Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton is eligible for NBA Coach of the Month.

The winners for the season’s first month were announced after this clarification, and Walton did in fact win Coach of the Month for the Western conference, while Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt received the honor in the East.

Warriors winning streak continues

Warriors winning streak continues

The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors set a franchise record with their first undefeated full calendar month following tonight’s 106-103 win at Utah, finishing the November slate with a perfect 16-0 mark. The Warriors are the sixth team in the NBA’s 70-year history to finish a month of at least 16 games with an undefeated record.

Golden State’s 16 wins in November also ties the franchise mark for most wins in a month, set last season when the Warriors posted a 16-2 ledger in March 2015. Golden State’s winning percentage this month tops the club’s previous record of .929 (13-1), set in January 1972 behind former Warriors guard Jim Barnett’s averages of 16.0 points, 5.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds on 50.3 percent shooting from the field.

With tonight’s win, the Warriors have extended the best start in NBA history by beginning the season with a 19-0 record. Dating back to 2014-15, the Warriors have won 23-straight regular-season games (19-straight this season, four-straight to end last season), extending a franchise-record streak and becoming the third team in NBA history to win 23 consecutive regular-season contests. The Warriors have also won nine-straight regular-season road games, the second-longest regular-season road winning streak in franchise history behind only the team’s record of 10-straight wins away from home set last season.

The Warriors, who posted a franchise-best record of 67-15 last season before capturing the 2015 NBA title, are now 86-15 (.851) in the regular season dating back to 2014-15 and 102-20 (.836) including the playoffs.

The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors set the NBA record for best start to a season by improving to 16-0 with tonight’s 111-77 win vs. the Lakers, besting the previous mark of 15-0 set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Dating back to 2014-15, the Warriors have won 20 consecutive regular-season games, extending a franchise-record streak and becoming the sixth team in NBA history to win 20-straight regular-season contests. The Warriors also extended their franchise-record regular-season home win streak to 27 consecutive games, becoming the 12th team in NBA history to win 27-straight at home.

The Warriors, who posted a franchise-best record of 67-15 before capturing the 2015 NBA title, are now 83-15 (.847) in the regular season dating back to 2014-15 and 99-20 (.832) including the playoffs.

Warriors now 15-0, tying the best start in NBA history

The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors tied the NBA record for best start to a season by improving to 15-0 with tonight’s 118-105 win at Denver, equaling the mark set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

The Warriors are the first defending champion in NBA history to begin the season 15-0.

Dating back to 2014-15, the Warriors have won 19 consecutive regular-season games, extending a franchise-record streak and becoming the 10th team in NBA history to win 19-straight regular-season contests. The Warriors are the first team to post win streaks of at least 15 games in consecutive seasons since the Spurs did so in 1994-95 and 1995-96. Golden State also improved upon its best road start in club history at 7-0 away from home, tying the second-longest road win streak in team annals.

The Warriors, who posted a franchise-best record of 67-15 before capturing the 2015 NBA title, are now 82-15 (.845) in the regular season dating back to 2014-15 and 98-20 (.831) including the playoffs.

Warriors trying to make history

Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting on the 14-0 Golden State Warriors, who after winning the championship last season are on an amazing roll in 2015-16 and are the talk of basketball right now:

Warriors trying to make history

There was nothing from the Warriors after winning 10 in a row, nothing after 12 either. They held the company line: One game at a time. And: Next game is all that matters.

But Friday night, after winning their 14th consecutive game, the Warriors made no such attempts to avoid the subject on the tips of tongues throughout the NBA. They openly talked about The Streak, and about becoming the first team in NBA history to win 16 consecutive games. They embraced the subject.

“At this point, you do,” forward Draymond Green said. “Because all you’re doing now is thinking about one game, which you have to do anyway.”

The next game is Sunday at Denver. A win over the Nuggets would put the Warriors in a three-way tie with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols for most wins to begin a season.

The Golden State Warriors are 14-0 and chasing history, and didn’t let the Chicago Bulls get in their way. Here’s the Bulls.com blog:

There is a method to that madness that has become Jimmy Butler’s life, the multiple workouts per day, starting basically every morning at 5 and pounding away.

“I want to give us the best chance of winning,” Butler was saying in Oakland late Friday night. “That’s why I train as many times as I train per day, as early as I wake up; to make my body tired and still be able to perform at the highest level.”

Butler did all he could with a decimated backcourt with Derrick Rose out with a sprained ankle and Aaron Brooks with a hamstring strain. Butler in a game high 39 minutes outscored Stephen Curry with 28 points. His nine rebounds matched the Golden State Warriors’ leader. His seven assists were a game high for both teams. But in the end, even with the Bulls trailing 94-91 with under two minutes left after Butler made the Bulls last field goal, it wasn’t enough to subdue the league’s best team as the Warriors finally put the Bulls in their rear view mirror and pulled away to a 106-94 victory.

“First of all, I thought we really competed,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “We battled, battled them the whole game. They made a couple of big plays down the stretch. We couldn’t get it back on the other end. But if we battle like that we’re going to win a lot of basketball games this year. We wanted to hold them to 10 threes or under. We did it. (Harrison) Barnes (with 20 points) hitting the two big ones there at the end (turning a four-point Warriors lead with 1:15 left into doubles figures in seconds). We took care of the ball. We didn’t give them a lot of run outs off of turnovers and that was a big goal of ours as well. We didn’t attack well enough down the stretch. But again, you play with that kind of effort we’re going to be fine.”

And here’s CSN Chicago with more on last night’s game:

Through 42 minutes it was hard to tell which was the better team, at least until Golden State’s deadly lineup finished the night by not allowing the Bulls to get anything going offensively in the last half of the fourth.

But the Warriors’ offensive rebounding was an Achilles’ heel, giving up 15 as Draymond Green came up with more than his share of loose balls, producing an effect that went beyond his nine-point, nine-rebound night.

“Yeah, loose balls,” Hoiberg said. “Draymond Green, he’s a horse in there. He does a great job watching his body, getting in there for extra ones. Those loose balls, you’ve got to find a way to come up with those.”

The 13-0 Golden State Warriors are the talk of basketball. Last night, they looked to be on their way towards their first loss of the regular season. But since they’re the Warriors, and Stephen Curry is on their team, they kept winning. Here’s the San Jose Mercury News reporting:

The Warriors’ season-opening winning streak will not die.

Not after the defending champions trailed by 23 points to the rival Los Angeles Clippers.

Not with Stephen Curry and the Warriors willing their way to a comeback.

The Warriors claimed a 124-117 win Thursday night that did more than improve their record to 13-0, two short of matching the best start in NBA history.

The Warriors’ comeback came against their bitter rivals at Staples Center and provided yet another chapter to remember as they became one of only five NBA teams to ever start 13-0.

Curry poured in 40 points to lead the charge and hit six 3-pointers. He got the best of Chris Paul, who scored 35 points but had to suffer the indignity of seeing the Warriors claim the largest comeback win in the league this season.

Andrew Bogut cleared to return after concussion

Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who was diagnosed with a concussion on October 28, has completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and has been cleared to play. He is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons at Oracle Arena.

Bogut left Golden State’s Opening Night victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on October 27 with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter and did not return to the game.

Pistons visit Warriors tonight

Here’s the Detroit News reporting on the 5-1 Pistons, who visit the 7-0 Golden State Warriors tonight:

After the Pistons had their best quarter, a 41-11 advantage in taking a comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, their thoughts quickly turned to the next challenge.

In a difficult back-to-back situation, the Pistons get a shot at the defending-champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Monday night. Following their 120-103 victory over the Blazers for a 5-1 start — their best since 2007-08, they’ll have a true measuring-stick game to gauge where they stand with their hot start.

Golden State is the NBA’s lone unbeaten team left at 7-0, coming off a 103-94 victory over Sacramento on Saturday night.

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting some key Warriors news:

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Warriors general manager Bob Myers insisted he’s not disappointed the club did not reach contract agreements with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, both of whom will become restricted free agents next summer.

Barnes chose to end talks last week, before the season started. Myers talked to Ezeli’s agent, Bill Duffy, through the weekend, but the two sides did not strike a deal before Monday’s deadline.

“This is not an indicator that we don’t value them or want them,” Myers said of the two players. “It’s just a question of reaching a deal, which we’ll pick up happily come July.”

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Chris Babb, guard/forwards Jarell Eddie and Xavier Henry and forward Chris Udofia, the team announced today. The Warriors’ roster currently stands at 15 players.

Babb appeared in five preseason games for Golden State, averaging 2.6 points in 11.4 minutes. Eddie saw action in two preseason contests, tallying 4.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 10.1 minutes. Both players were signed by the Warriors on September 25.

Henry and Udofia were signed by the Warriors on October 19 and did not appear in a preseason game.

Warriors sign Xavier Henry and Chris Udofia

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard/forward Xavier (zah-vee-ay) Henry and free agent forward Chris Udofia to contracts, the team announced today.

Henry, 24, averaged 2.2 points and 9.6 minutes in nine games with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014-15 before suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon in practice on November 24, 2014. In five NBA seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies (2010-11), New Orleans Hornets (2011-13) and Lakers (2013-15), the 6’6” swingman holds career marks of 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 15.7 minutes over 185 games (23 starts). Henry was originally selected by the Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft following his freshman season at the University of Kansas.

Udofia, 23, appeared in 28 games with Elitzur Yavne in Israel last season, compiling averages of 10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.68 blocks in 27.8 minutes. The 6’6” forward played four seasons at the University of Denver, averaging 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.06 blocks, 1.14 steals and 29.5 minutes in 124 games (98 starts). Udofia, who finished his career as Denver’s all-time leader in blocks (256) and games played, was named the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14 and the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12.

Golden State’s training camp roster currently stands at 19 players.

Warriors waive Juwan Staten

Warriors waive Juwan Staten

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Juwan Staten, the team announced yesterday. The Warriors’ training camp roster currently stands at 17 players.

Staten made his preseason debut in tonight’s win over Houston, tallying two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 10 minutes. He originally signed with the Warriors on September 25.

Warriors waive Ben Gordon

Warriors waive Ben Gordon

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Ben Gordon, the team announced today. The Warriors’ training camp roster currently stands at 18 players.

Gordon appeared in two preseason games with the Warriors, averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 assists in 8.3 minutes. He was originally signed by Golden State on September 28.

Warriors waive Tony Mitchell

The Golden State Warriors have waived forward Tony Mitchell, the team announced today. The Warriors’ training camp roster currently stands at 19 players.

Mitchell was originally signed by the Warriors on September 25. He did not appear in a preseason contest with Golden State.

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