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Mind craft: Warriors soar into NBA history

How did the Warriors manage to set an NBA record by starting the season 16-0? Ethan Sherwood Strauss offers some insight into the psychology of their winning approach.

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Warriors, Green enjoying history at 16-0 (1:22)
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Rockets' Ty Lawson remains on the bench

Ty Lawson will be a backup for the fourth straight game on Wednesday, but interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the veteran still has a winning attitude.

Are the 76ers purposely trying to lose? (2:12)
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Howard: Why Porzingis fever is no fluke

It shouldn't be surprising that Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has taken the NBA by storm, writes Johnette Howard. The big man from Latvia has been preparing for this moment most of his life.

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NBA Power Rankings: Ultimate Warriors

The 15-0 Warriors are one win away from setting a new gold standard in the NBA, and their hold on the No. 1 spot has never been stronger. Where do the 29 other teams fall on Marc Stein's latest list?


ICYMI: Griffin nails 3 while in mid-air

The Clippers went all jump passes on this play, and Blake Griffin didn't even need his feet on the ground to drain this 3.


Kobe: Warriors could set new win streak

The NBA's longest win streak is 33 games, but Kobe Bryant could see that being broken by this year's Warriors: "They've managed to put together a team of extremely intelligent players and extremely versatile players, and great shooters. And so I see no reason why they couldn't continue to extend (the record)."

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ICYMI: Curry crosses up Clarkson

Stephen Curry used a pick and this really slick behind-the-back dribble to send Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson flying.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

From Tuesday, Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff talks about Ty Lawson and his continued benching.


Michael B. Jordan is ... Michael Jordan

Some might say this is the role he was born to play, as the actor reenacted some iconic MJ moments.


Steph spins and of course it goes in

Stephen Curry was letting the ball roll but picked it up quickly and put a turning move on D'Angelo Russell before making a smooth layup.


Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Kobe could shoot 12-of-12 then 12-of-12 then 12-of-12 in his next 3 games and his season FG% would still trail MJ's Wizards rate (.431).

Windhorst: GSW 'defying common sense'

ESPN's Brian Windhorst explains how the Warriors, a team built on defense, got to 16-0 by leading the league in offense.


Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

The Warriors have been up 20+ for 80 minutes this season, which is more than the SW Division combined (SAS+HOU+DAL+MEM+NOP= 68 mins).

Warriors make history with easy win

The defending champion Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0 as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Lakers.


That time KG made Doc cancel practice

Furious about being out of the lineup, Kevin Garnett defied then-Celtics coach Doc Rivers so many times, Rivers chose to cancel practice rather than deal with KG. Leon Powe remembers thinking: "'What is he doing?' That's what we were saying. And at that point you start wondering: Is KG maybe a little crazy after all?" Now a mentor

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Orlando Magic @orlandomagic

One of the best Center duels in franchise history. @shaq had 37 pts, 17 reb, 5 blocks that's night, while Patrick Ewing had 36 pts, 9 reb, and 5 blocks. #MagicWon ?? (More best performance vs Knicks in bio)

Lakers' defenses make it easy for Curry

Stephen Curry has many dazzling moves, but he didn't need any here: The Lakers left a clear path to the basket for him.


Hornets extend Steve Clifford

The coach has agreed to a multiyear extension with Charlotte, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst and the Charlotte Observer. The contract includes a three-year guarantee for Clifford, who was hired in 2013. He is 84-94 overall in Charlotte.

From The Mag: The cruel tutelage of KG

The decision to entrust the mentorship of No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns to a player prone to diatribes, outbursts and head-banging pregame rituals is, as Jackie MacMullan puts it, a compelling and sizable gamble. Yelling and screaming

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Kerr visits Warriors before historic game

Steve Kerr might not have actually entered the arena, but he made his presence felt before Golden State went out in search of 16-0. Said interim coach Luke Walton: "We have core values as a team and he put them on the whiteboard before we started shootaround. ... He emphasized how proud he was because we're hitting all four of those values pretty much every night."

Butler hits halfcourt buzzer-beater

The Bulls' Jimmy Butler burned the Blazers by hitting this halfcourt shot at the halftime horn.


Draymond Green: 'The sky's the limit'

Draymond Green is enjoying setting an NBA record for best start at 16-0, but knows the Warriors have plenty still to improve on to be a better team later in the season.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe: "I couldve scored 80 tonight. It wouldnt have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems."

Bulls best Blazers in Rose's return

Derrick Rose scored 17 points in his return to the lineup, helping the Bulls to a 93-88 win over the Trail Blazers.