Kobe Bryant believes Warriors could break the record for longest winning streak

Things weren’t great for Kobe Bryant Tuesday night in Oakland, as his Los Angeles Lakers endured a 111-77 beating from the Golden State Warriors and some guy got so into his promotional shot that he went full throat slash at actual NBA players on the court.

But those Lakers lowlights didn’t prevent Bryant from heaping high praise on the Dubs. Bryant said he believes the NBA’s longest ever winning streak is in reach for the Bay Area team. That record, a 33-game run, was set by the 1971-72 Lakers, who finished 69-13 and won the NBA championship.

“Yeah, they could [break the 33-game streak] – because they’re good. … It’s a very young league, and they’ve managed to put together a team of extremely intelligent players and extremely versatile players, and great shooters,” the future Hall of Famer said, according to USA Today. “And so I see no reason why they couldn’t continue to extend” the record.

Bryant finished the night on 1-14 shooting with four points, his only field goal coming from behind the arc.

As for the Warriors, they tied the record for wins to open a season, one held by the Washington Capitols and Houston Rockets, previously. The stats showing their regular-season dominance going back to the beginning of last season are remarkable. They’ve won 85 of their last 100.

The last team the Warriors lost to in the regular season was the New Orleans Hornets on the road, whom the Warriors smashed 134-120 at the Smoothie King Center this season on Halloween.

Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he’s not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.
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