Gregg Popovich perfectly sums up Warriors: 'Best team on the planet'

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The Golden State Warriors returned to form on Thursday night with a 112-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs - wrapping up the number one seed in the Western Conference in the process.

The win, of course, also took the reigning NBA champions one game closer to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' much-discussed 72-10 regular season record. Stephen Curry and co. are now 70-9 with three games remaining.

While the debate about who is better between Curry's Dubs and Jordan's Bulls will continue until the end of the regular season, last night's result left Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in no doubt about Golden State's standing right now:

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"You can't make mistakes against these guys," he said, via "Best team on the planet.

"If you lose your concentration defensively or you shoot ill-advised shots or don't move the ball and give it back to them quickly, you're in big trouble."

The 'best team on the planet' monicker is one that few in the NBA world could argue with right now as the Warriors stand on the brink of league history. To hear the head coach of their closest rivals admit as much shows the respect Steve Kerr's team demand as a result.

The Spurs themselves aren't far behind. Sitting second in the West with a 65-13 record after last night's loss, they are seen by many as the only team capable of preventing Golden State from making good on their 'world's best' tag and winning a second straight Larry O'Brien Trophy.

When the franchises met on Thursday at the Oracle Arena it actually pitted the two teams with the most combined wins in NBA history (134) against each other.

Having seen his team put up a double-digit win over their closest rivals, Kerr was quick to repay the compliment when discussing the Spurs' current team:

"It took 70 wins to wrap up the one seed, which tells you all you need to know about that team in the other locker room," said the second-year coach.

While the two coaches are happy to share the love right now as the regular season comes to a close, the pleasantries will likely disappear should, as many predict, the two teams meet in the Western Conference Finals in May.

Should the Spurs outlast Golden State in the postseason then maybe then they will be touted as the "best team on the planet."

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