The Golden State Warriors returned to winning ways with a nervy five-point win over a young Minnesota Timberwolves team on Monday night.
Following their loss to the San Antonio Spurs, where the five-time champions succeeded in locking down the threat of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Splash Brothers endured another out of character night.
However, the Warriors had enough in the tank to leave Minnesota with the win as Draymond Green finished with 24 points and nine rebounds.
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The victory took the Dubs to 63-7 and ensured they made history; becoming the team with the best record after 70 games of an NBA season.
The team they have so often been compared to - the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls - held a record of 62-8 at this stage of their historic campaign and it puts the Bay Area franchise ahead of Michael Jordan and co.
It was a less than ideal night for the Warriors, who looked fatigued as they laboured to victory over their conference rivals.
Thompson had a strange night as he was perfect from three-point land, but was ice cold from inside the arc as he finished with 17 points. 15 of those came from deep with the remaining two coming from the charity stripe.
Curry looked noticeably tired but used his threat to his advantage, drawing a number of double-teams - despite his average shooting night - to create the open space for Green.
The reigning MVP finished with 19 points, shooting 35.3 percent from the field and just 22.2 percent from three. However, he finished with double figures in the assist column for the third time in his last ten outings.
Having fallen to the Spurs in their lowest scoring game of the campaign, the Warriors preserved their record of not losing back-to-back games this season. It means they maintain a realistic chance of at least matching the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Steve Kerr has previously insisted that rest and recuperation will come ahead of the record, but even if they do decide to rest important players, San Antonio's surprising loss to the Charlotte Hornets has given them more margin for error.
Four games ahead of the Spurs with 12 remaining, it would take quite a big swing for the reigning champions to surrender their hold on the number one spot.
With two games still to come against Gregg Popovich and his team, it keeps things interesting, but with nine to play at the Oracle Arena, the smart money would be on Golden State holding onto homecourt advantage.
They need to win ten more times to break the Bulls' record, but if it comes at the expense of ending the season with another ring, then it will all have been for nothing. It seems everyone within the organisation knows that.