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The Golden State Warriors have broken a franchise record for regular season victories

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The Golden State Warriors are a team on a mission.

What that mission is exactly, is up for debate. Coach Steve Kerr would have you believe he purely wants to retain the Larry O'Brien trophy and emerge NBA Champions once more.

The Warriors' on-court demeanour and the comments of Draymond Green, however, make no bones about wanting to break the Chicago Bulls regular season record of 72-10, set back in 1995-96.

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After starting the season 24-0 and remaining undefeated at their Oracle Arena home this campaign, there has been plenty of talk about whether the Warriors can do it.

Whether they can or not, their 103-96 overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday evening notched their 68th regular season win. That's a franchise record for the Dubs and with seven games remaining - five of which are on home soil - the Warriors looking more and more likely to etch their name in history ahead of the great Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls side.

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One of the chief drivers behind the Warriors unit is, of course, Stephen Curry. The reigning MVP dropped another 31 points during the victory over the Jazz and still leads the league for scoring with an average of 30 a night - 6.2 points more than his MVP form of last season.

Kerr was understandably delighted with his troops after they managed to escape Utah with the victory and believes his team's willingness to dig in and fight is the primary reason they are on course to make history.

"They are amazing. Nothing went our way really for most of the night," Kerr said. "They kept fighting. We always compete, that is the great thing about this team. That is why we have this record and our guys compete every night.

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"I love our competitive spirit. No matter what our record ends up, it almost doesn't matter. It is just an incredible display of competition and fight night after night."

The Warriors will need to at least go 5-2 in their remaining fixtures, but those seven encounters also include two battles with the San Antonio Spurs. Gregg Popovich's troops sit second in the Western Conference and have their own impressive record of 63-12 this year and they'll lock horns with the Dubs on April 7 and 10.

The other sides to collide with the Warriors on their path to immortality are, in chronological order: Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Spurs, @Memphis Grizzlies, @Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies.

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Whilst the Celtics are flying high in the Eastern Conference and the Trail Blazers are contending for the playoffs in the West, the Timberwolves have nothing left to play for. The Grizzlies are currently fifth in the star-studded West, but have also lost four in a row and are without Marc Gasol.

When it comes to the Spurs, will Popovich opt to rest his veteran unit ahead of the playoffs and play into the Warriors' hands, or will he seek to deal them a psychological blow before the postseason commences by denying them history?

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson

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