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Golden State Warriors' backcourt help team tie for NBA's best record

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Plenty of guys, like the Wizards' John Wall, would like to stake claim to being part of the NBA's best backcourt.

The reality is that the best backcourt is likely one of the less heralded ones, with the Golden State Warriors.

There's a reason Klay Thompson just signed a max extension with the team, and while Thompson has been exploding into stardom his backcourt mate Steph Curry has as well.

As CBS' Zach Harper noted, he's excelled under new coach Steve Kerr, once an outstanding outside shooter just like his protege.

A great example was Tuesday's win over the Heat, when Curry scored 40 points and was 8 for 11 on 3-pointers and 12-for-19 from the field.

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“As a broadcaster, it's just fun to watch," Kerr told CBSSports.com.

"As a coach, it's just like, ‘Yes! That's our guy! He's on our team!' He was unreal; he's just ridiculous. He's so potent and the beauty of his game tonight was, obviously he was making 3's."

"I think he had eight 3's, but the patience, the decision-making. What did he have two turnovers? I think he had two turnovers. Taking care of the ball, managing the game, getting the ball to the right spots, and then attacking at the right times. He was phenomenal.”

How good are they?

The duo are a big reason the Warriors are tied for the best record in the league at 13-2.

Curry is averaging 24.2 points per game while Thompson is averaging 21.7. Curry also leads the team with 7.7 assists and 2.1 steals every time out. Curry is hitting a ridiculous 45 percent of his 3-pointers while Thompson makes 42.4 percent. Curry has made more 3s this season than any other player in the league. Thompson is fifth.

"The biggest thing is the turnovers,” Kerr said about Curry's improvements.

“We've made such an improvement there and it's directly related to Steph. He's the head of the snake; he's the guy who sets the tone for us. He's such a talented player, and I've always felt the more talented the player, the harder it is to make decisions because you know you can do everything. And you can but you've got to figure out when to go and when not to go.

“It's easy for guys who aren't that skilled. You just move it on; you can't afford to take chances, but Steph is so talented that he can take a lot of chances and still be really good and be effective. But what's happened the last six games, seven games, whatever, he's just combined that aggression and skill with incredible decision-making.”

Will it last?

There seems to be no reason to believe that it won't. In last year's playoffs, the Warriors broke out.

This year, they're hoping to take it astep further.

“You get more comfortable every game but there's still room to grow," Curry told CBSSports.com about the offense

. "We understand what he expects of how we're supposed to play – kicking the ball ahead and playing fast, making the simple play, moving the ball from side-to-side, and getting some post touches for [Andrew Bogut] as well – other than that, he gives us freedom of play calls we should run and try to be on the same page and he'll take over if he feels he needs to.

“The skeleton of what we're trying to do is in place and then you can kind of tweak it from there from what he sees.”

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