Golden State Warriors - five stats that sum up their rise to NBA's summit

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The Golden State Warriors equalled the best start to a season in league history on Wednesday night courtesy of a 127-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Now 42-4, the Bay Area franchise are exactly level at this stage of the campaign with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that went on to post a record-setting 72-10 regular-season record. 

Standing out

As the debate surrounding the Warriors' ability to usurp that famous roster continues, let's take a look at five fairly stunning stats that sum up just how the reigning NBA champions have reached this point.


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1) Best of the best

As is inevitable when winning 40 games before February, the Golden State Warriors have convincingly seen off those teams that find themselves at the wrong end of the NBA standings.

The Dubs, though, also hold an ominous record against the elite rosters of the 2015-16 season. In fact, the Warriors are a perfect 8-0 when they've met any of the other seven teams currently making up the top four seeds in the Western and Eastern conferences.

They are yet to face either of the Oklahoma City Thunder (third in the West) or Atlanta Hawks (third in the East).

2) 40 on the spin

This stat extends beyond the current season but is a sign of the Warriors' dominance on their own court. 

Golden State has won 40 consecutive games at the Oracle Center - a streak that extended beyond one full calendar year with victory over the Mavs last night.

They now stand just four games back from leveling the 44-game record set by, you guessed it, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

3) Hot streak

In the last 10 days alone, the Warriors have logged three of the franchise's top 13 biggest margins of victory of the past five years.

In beating the Cleveland Cavaliers by 34 (Jan. 18, fifth biggest), Chicago Bulls by 31 (Jan. 20, tied eighth) and San Antonio Spurs by 30 (Jan. 25, tied 12th) Golden State have also sent out a message to a number of potential title rivals.

4) Splash Brothers

Much of the Warriors' success has been down to the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and, more specifically, their ability from three-point range.

In fact, Curry and Thompson alone have made more three-pointers (353) than nine team's can boast from their entire individual rosters.

5) Looking ahead

Although things appear to be heading on a record-setting course so far this season, there are sure to be tough times ahead for GSW.

A 42-4 record gives them five games to spare if they are to beat the Bulls' mid-'90s effort. However, the Warriors still have to face the Spurs on three occasions (twice in San Antonio) as well as three games against the third best team in the West, OKC.

That last stat could be the difference when it comes to chasing 72-10.

NBA fans: Will the Warriors beat the 72-10 season record set by the Bulls? Have your say in the comments below...

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