DENVER — Warriors coach Mark Jackson rattled off the team’s list of achievements after a win against Denver gave them 51 victories to finish the regular season.
The 51 wins tied for the third-most in franchise history.
The team finished 20 games over .500, doing so for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
The 24 road victories this season tied a franchise record.
“It’s an incredible group, and it’s been an awesome year,” Jackson said. “It’s been an awesome year. I’ll say it again, it’s been an awesome year.
“It’s an awesome accomplishment. Like we said, we’re not done. But we’re going to celebrate every step of the way.”
The road ahead appears difficult with the Warriors facing a No. 3-seeded Los Angeles Clippers team that presents a great challenge with no Andrew Bogut available due to injury.
But Jackson will cherish this team.
Even hours before the win at shootaround, he grew emotional in discussing how his players had gathered around him for a group hug after win No. 50.
“I love these guys. It means a lot, and it shows that we’re tied-together team,” Jackson said.
“It’s ministry to me to come here and impact guys, and for them to show that type of love and support means a lot. There’s still work to be done. I’m sure one day I’ll sit down and even when I’m home, you get emotional about it because it’s special. It’s special, and I don’t take it for granted.”
Jackson said such displays were unnecessary.
“They make a statement by the way they play. They make a statement by the way they defend, the way they’re unselfish, the way they’re professional, the way there’s no issues. That’s the loudest statement that they can make.”