Golden State Warriors named Pacific Division winners for 2015-16

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It will come as a surprise to nobody, but the Golden State Warriors have won the 2015-16 Pacific Division title. 

The closest competitors to the 59-6 Warriors before last night's games were the then-42-22 Los Angeles Clippers. However, their blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers meant they could no longer catch the record-wise best team in the NBA. 

The Cavaliers' 114-90 win means it is back-to-back titles for the Warriors, who now have four Pacific Division wins after their successes in 1975 and 1976. 

The division has been a foregone conclusion since the defending champions opened the campaign with an all-time record 24-0 start. 

With the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings all boasting records below .500, it was only a matter of time before the Dubs wrapped it up. Only the Clippers' incredible form in the absence of Blake Griffin delayed the inevitable. 

The Warriors become the second team to clinch their division this season after the San Antonio Spurs confirmed top spot in the Northwest with a  93-85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Clinching the Pacific Division is only a small milestone in the Warriors' pursuit of a record-breaking season. They have just 17 games of the regular season remaining and can afford four more losses if they are to match the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. 

While the record will be in the back of their minds, their primary aim will be finishing top of the West and being suitably prepared for the playoffs.

Finishing top should be straightforward considering their record. However, the Spurs have kept their hopes alive with a franchise-best 56-10 record.

It means Gregg Popovich and his men are just three and a half games back from the Warriors with three games of their series remaining. 

Having taken the first game with a crushing 120-90 win at the Oracle Arena, the Warriors are at the AT&T Center on Sunday. The third game is back in the Bay before the series is wrapped up in San Antonio.

The two road trips in Texas make up a third of Golden State's remaining away games and supporters will be quietly confident they can, at least, match the Bulls' given their imperious home form.

However, everyone involved with the franchise would likely pass up the chance to make history if it means getting their hands on the Larry O'Brien trophy once again.

After an impressive regular season, everybody is looking at the Warriors to retain their crown. However, we all know playoff basketball is a different prospect altogether, and there will be a target on their backs. 

The Dubs are out to prove to people that last season's success was not a fluke and their regular-season record has quietened any doubters. But to put them to bed for good, they know what they have to do.

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