The Golden State Warriors, reigning NBA Champions, may have just set a league record by starting the season with a perfect 16-0 record, but remember: They still have a ways to go to top the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set an NBA single season record with 72 wins against just 10 losses.
And speaking of the red-and-black, I’d argue that the Warriors’ amazing start isn’t quite as good – yet – as the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks’ season-opening points streak. That year, the guys in the Indian Head sweaters didn’t lose a single game in regulation out of the first 24. That’s the first 24 games of a lock-out-shortened 48-game season. Although the Blackhawks lost three of those first 24 games in overtime, they garnered 45 out of a possible 48 points in the standings during that stretch, because, in hockey, a tie at the end of regulation is worth a point regardless of the outcome. Ultimately, the 2013 Blackhawks ran away with the Presidents’ Trophy, winning a League-best 77 out of a possible 96 points.
Perhaps most importantly, both the 1995-96 Bulls and the 2013 Blackhawks went on to win championships, which is, of course, the point of this enterprise.
At the same time, nobody would be surprised if this year’s Warriors ended up breaking the Bulls’ record for regular season wins, nor would anyone be surprised if the Warriors repeated as NBA Champions.But they haven’t done either of those things yet.