NBA Power Rankings: Ready for Warriors-Spurs II

Updated: March 15, 2016, 1:05 AM ET
By Marc Stein |
Monday, March 14

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs enter the final month of the NBA's regular season at a combined 99 games over .500.

No joke: 115-16 is not a misprint. It's crazy numbers like that, as well as this tidbit, that make Saturday's showdown in South Texas between these powerhouses so eagerly anticipated, even though they'll be going head-to-head with the NCAA tournament and despite the fact that the Warriors will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no previous regular-season game this late in the season has ever pitted two teams that can match Golden State and San Antonio's composite winning percentage of .878. The previous record was set by the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks in the historic 1971-72 season, when those juggernauts lugged a composite success rate of .832 into a matchup on Feb. 4, 1972.

Playing first on Friday night in Dallas -- and then facing the Spurs without the injured Andre Iguodala -- will certainly complicate matters for the Warriors. But you're advised to resist jumping to any conclusions. Golden State is a rousing 11-0 this season against the other five teams in the league with winning percentage of .600 or higher, 18-0 when you expand that to rest of the league's 10 most winning teams and 16-1 on the second night of back-to-backs.

All reasons why the Dubs have been No. 1 in 22 out of 22 editions of's weekly NBA Power Rankings this season.

You can comment below on the latest 1-to-30 order assembled by the Committee of One. Many thanks to our pals from within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as Elias, for the priceless data assistance they provide week after week to help us make all of our calculations.


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