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You can count the Warriors’ losses on two hands

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Warriors lost, ending their season-starting winning streak at 24. They bring a 72-9 record into Wednesday’s final regular-season game against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Warriors lost, ending their season-starting winning streak at 24. They bring a 72-9 record into Wednesday’s final regular-season game against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. The Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors can set an NBA record Wednesday with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

A victory would give the Warriors a 73-9 regular-season mark, bettering the 72-10 record of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Nearly as impressive as the Warriors’ winning percentage of .889, is they have lost just nine games this season. The Philadelphia 76ers lost their ninth game exactly five months ago. Every other NBA team besides the San Antonio Spurs, who held out until Feb. 18, lost their ninth game by Dec. 26.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the Warriors’ losses this season:

9

April 5: Timberwolves 124, Warriors 117 (OT)

What happened: The Warriors had 24 turnovers, gave up a 17-point lead and Stephen Curry was off-target (7 of 25) against Minnesota, which came in three losses in a row and four it in its previous five games.

What the what?: The home loss was the second of the season for the Warriors, their second in three games.

8

April 1: Celtics 109, Warriors 106

What happened: Curry misses a three-point attempt with 5.3 seconds to go and Boston hands Golden State its first home loss since Jan. 27, 2015, a span that included 54 consecutive wins.

What the what?: Draymond Green wrestles the ball from Boston’s Amir Johnson with under a minute to play, then loses the ball to the Celtics with 23.9 seconds to go.

7

March 19: Spurs 87, Warriors 79

What happened: San Antonio happened. Curry is held to just 14 points, and the Warriors are held to a season-low total, and a season-low 37 points in the first half as the Spurs improve to 35-0 at home.

What the what?: The Warriors finish with seven more assists and seven fewer than the Spurs but have no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge, who scores a game-high 26 points on 11-of-25 shooting.

6

March 6: Lakers 112, Warriors 95

What the what?: It makes little sense to say a regular-season game can be considered among the biggest upsets in NBA history, but in this case, maybe it does make sense. Jordan Clarkson scores 25 points and rookie DeAngelo Russell 21 as the Warriors, whose starters account for just 51 points, get run out of Staples Center.

What the what?: The Warriors had won seven games in a row, and had two full days off before losing to the Western Conference’s worst team.

5

Feb. 19: Trail Blazers 137, Warriors 105

What happened: Damian Lillard went off with 51 points, prompting Warriors coach Steve Kerr to quip the Blazers guard “looked like Steph Curry out there.” Lillard says he hasn’t scored at least 50 points since ninth grade. The visiting Warriors give up a season-high in points.

What the what?: The Warriors’ Draymond Green is two assists shy of a triple double, but also has nine turnovers.

4

Jan. 16: Pistons 113, Warriors 95

What happened: Detroit outscored Golden State 38-19 in the second quarter as the visiting Warriors are called for two technical fouls in the period. Andre Drummond has 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons, who stop a two-game losing streak.

What the what?: The loss is the second in three games for the Warriors.

3

Jan. 13: Nuggets 112, Warriors 110

What happened: Steph Curry scores 20 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter, loses the ball to Denver’s Danilo Gallinari (28 points) in the game’s final moments. It was Curry’s eighth turnover of the game.

What the what?: The Nuggets end a four-game losing streak to the Warriors, even though they were outscored 37-29 in the fourth quarter.

2

Dec. 30: Mavericks 114, Warriors 91

What happened: Steph Curry is out with a leg injury, and J.J. Barea leads Dallas with 23 points as he fills in for the injured Deron Williams. The Mavs streak to a 60-42 halftime lead.

What the what?: The next night in Houston, despite playing their third game in four days, the Warriors handle the Rockets 114-110 to improve to 30-2.

1

Dec. 12: Bucks 108, Warriors 95

What happened: A night after beating Boston in overtime, visiting Golden State looks a bit out of gas in falling to a Milwaukee team that had lost the night before in Toronto. The defeat ends the Warriors’ 24-game winning streak.

What the what: The game was the last of a seven-game trip for the Warriors, who later go 6-1 on another seven-game trip.

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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