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Warriors just for fun put ’73-9′ message in a fortune cookie

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The Warriors have consistently said they don’t talk much about the possibility of breaking the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record, but that doesn’t mean they don’t see it in their future.

Warriors president Rick Welts and guard Klay Thompson last week visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco to make their own custom cookies as they unveiled the team’s Chinese New Year jerseys. They slipped a piece of paper inside referring to a new record, Welts told CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday.

“I actually wrote out one and handed it to him, and he put it in a fortune cookie, and it did say ’73-9,’” Welts said of Thompson.

The Warriors are 44-4 headed into Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, and the best start in NBA history has higher-ups on the team at least having the Bulls’ record on their minds.

“I think the record of 72 wins is the unspoken thing out there,” Welts said.

“I think not speaking it is more in tune with the way our team does it.”

Said Warriors CEO Joe Lacob of his players on KNBR:  “The most important thing is winning the title and staying hungry, but they are chasing history to some extent now, and if we can do that at the same time and get that done, it would be a great thing.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 108-105 win against the Philadelphia 76ers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 108-105 win against the Philadelphia 76ers:

1. Messing around with the game isn’t a good idea. That’s what Steve Kerr said and what Draymond Green fessed up to. He wanted another triple-double and started trying to make unnecessary passes with the Warriors up big to get it. Bad idea, as the 76ers were able to get some momentum and make the game close.

2. Klay Thompson remains on fire. He was 14-for-26 from the field in his 32-point performance and continues his tear before he heads to the All-Star game.

3. Harrison Barnes’ game-winner was a confidence-booster. He’s been up and down since missing weeks due to a sprained ankle. The shot might not have been talked about much after the Warriors blew a 24-point lead to make it necessary. But Barnes will take it — and make it.

4. Green’s near triple-double was not awesome. He fell one assist shy, but it was obvious he was trying a bit too hard to get it. Turnovers were committed along the way. Yes, he leads the league with eight of them. Ironically, he made the assist for the game-winner — leaving him one assist shy of his desired goal. “It was all my fault,” Green said. “I was selfishly unselfish.”

5. The Warriors’ ball movement continues to impress overall. The Warriors’ 26 assists in the first half was two shy of the franchise record. And with the game on the line, Stephen Curry and Green were willing passers, finding the open man and making the right play.

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 120-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills (8) as he slips on the floor in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) as he slips on the floor in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 120-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs:

1. Stephen Curry is unstoppable, and that goes for the NBA’s top-ranked defense. He was 6-for-9 from 3-point range after having had his struggles against his Spurs in the past. Draymond Green said he noticed the day before the game Curry would be ready. “He came out and showed that when he came out and hit that three from like 37 feet out, he confirmed it,” Green said.

2. The Spurs were left humbled by the Warriors — for the most part. Gregg Popovich said three times in his two-minute postgame interview that it was like men against boys during the game. “I don’t think that there was one area in which it was close,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. LaMarcus Aldridge after struggling against Green wasn’t backing down, though, explaining he was simply too eager. “I felt like I had a matchup,” Aldridge said after his 2-for-9 shooting performance.

3. The Warriors’ bench played well again. Steve Kerr went out of his way to especially point out the contributions of Brandon Rush, who after giving up his spot in the starting lineup to Harrison Barnes came on and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Shaun Livingston was dominating with a 6-for-6 shooting performance. Andre Iguodala and Festus Ezeli helped the bench regain some of that scoring consistency it had lost earlier in the season.

4. Green set the tone again with his defense. “Just his heart,” Curry noted. “He’s a little undersized. He loves taking on those challenges.” Kawhi Leonard got plenty of attention before the game, but it was Green who stood out. Aldridge probably noticed even if he actually thought he held the advantage.

5. Kerr was happy with the win to say the least. He smiled and joked when asked about Popovich, saying of his mentor, “That’s my guy, but I don’t feel that bad right now.” He spoke of how his team manages to rise to the occasion. “They’re a pretty cocky group,” Kerr said. “They are. In a good way, though. They corral that arrogance and they believe.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 122-110 win against the Indiana Pacers

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) celebrate a basket by Green in the first quarter of their NBA game against the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) celebrate a basket by Green in the first quarter of their NBA game against the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 122-110 win against the Indiana Pacers:

1. Steve Kerr has his sense of humor back. That was always going to be one of the indications of how Kerr was feeling, and on an emotional night when he basked in standing ovation, he had jokes as well. Asked about Stephen Curry’s triple-double in which he hit a halfcourt shot, Kerr explained it was “great coaching.” He’s back.

2. The Warriors have the utmost respect for the Spurs. The one topic Kerr wasn’t happy to address at length was the upcoming matchup. Players spoke with a reverence about what San Antonio has accomplished in the past and how the team has kept it going. Monday’s game can’t come sooner for basketball fans.

3. Curry is unreal, but we knew that. To hit a shot from three-quarters of the way down the court after the buzzer and then bank in a halfcourt shot at the next buzzer is ridiculous. But looking at Kerr after Curry hit his eighth 3-pointer, all the coach did was dip his head as if to say, “yep.” This stuff is almost expected from Curry by now.

4. The Warriors still have room to grow. Kerr noted that the Warriors didn’t have their “best stuff” in the win, as they let the Pacers hang around and committed 17 turnovers. It’s Kerr’s full-time presence that is counted on to get the Warriors closer to championship level.

5. Leandro Barbosa continues to shine after coming back from a sprained shoulder. He’s provided the spark off the bench, with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 125-94 win against the Chicago Bulls

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 125-94 win against the Chicago Bulls:

1. The Warriors play with chemistry and trust. Those are the qualities of the team that Leandro Barbosa cited when I asked what would give him license to throw up an underhanded lob pass to Andre Iguodala for a dunk. That low-percentage pass might not thrill the coaches, but the Warriors are playing with that much confidence in each other.

2. Steve Kerr likes that the Warriors are moving the ball around as he would have liked. He noted to the team after the win that over the past two games, it had combined for 71 assists and 18 turnovers. “That’s an unbelievable stat,” Andrew Bogut said.

3. The bench has bounced back. It had a rough go in the wakeup-call loss at Detroit, but was in fine form in Chicago. Barbosa gave the Warriors a lift on offense. Andre Iguodala looked spry throwing down an up-and-under dunk. Shaun Livingston was 6-for-8 from the field.

4. The Warriors avoided injury for the most part. Draymond Green passed the NBA’s concussion protocol. Andrew Bogut’s back spasms are a recurring issue and didn’t keep him out of the game long. Stephen Curry was icing his shins, but got right back up after Derrick Rose crashed into him.

5. Harrison Barnes played well. He might not yet be 100 percent after missing so many weeks with a sprained ankle, but he scored points on 8-for-13 shooting, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. When he’s a threat to score, the Warriors have an embarrassment of riches on offense.

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 132-98 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 132-98 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers:

1. The Warriors are hard to beat when they have 33 assists and only eight turnovers. That’s a lot of ball movement leading to open shots. It also helped the Warriors got back on track on defense as the Cavaliers had 16 turnovers. “A lot of stuff went right, and just about everything went wrong for them,” Draymond Green said.

2. Luke Walton didn’t think the rout would send a message or hamper the Cavaliers going forward. Maybe he’s right, but the loss did have LeBron James saying, “We have a long way to go.” It can’t help Cleveland’s confidence in winning a title that the Warriors swept the season series in decisive fashion.

3. The Warriors’ small lineup is good against the Cavaliers. That was proven, of course, in the NBA Finals. It continues to be true, with Andre Iguodala having a big game and Green doing what he does. Festus Ezeli got plenty of action as well, giving the Warriors a quick-strike offense.

4. Stephen Curry has a way with words. His lighthearted joke about hoping the visiting locker room smelled like champagne might have drawn an overreaction. But Curry was not fazed and afterward said this: “It smelled like Morton’s catered.” Morton’s was the postgame meal and the steakhouse in Cleveland where the Warriors celebrated the title last season.

5. James could only marvel at the Warriors. There was in-game frustration with the shove of Curry and the technical foul he was whistled for. Afterward, he was forced to tip his cap again. “Draymond did a great job attacking our scheme and putting pressure on our defense either to assist, score or make plays. And obviously Steph, hitting the shots that he hit. Iguodala’s production off the bench. They got a little bit of everything.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 112-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 112-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets:

1. Draymond Green was missed. Stephen Curry sat next to him after the game and heaped praise on the forward who’s All-Star caliber impact on the team became even more clear. Curry noted Green’s ability to guard four positions and be vocal on defense. “He has a very impactful skill set,” Curry said.

2. Harrison Barnes looked like his old self for the most part. He was disappointed some open shots in the second half didn’t fall, but he made a difference early on when the Warriors were going through a lull. He had an offensive rebound and dunk. He hit a 3-pointer that tied the game in the second quarter. Still, it wasn’t enough as Barnes experienced a loss for the first time this season.

3. The Warriors never say die, though that’s not much of a surprise. They never think they’re out of a game. Down by seven points with under a minute left, Curry went to work. The Warriors simply missed their opportunities. “Any time you got an MVP of the league on your team, you can go down there and hit some crazy shots, you’ll always have a chance to win the game,” Barnes said.

4. The Warriors needed to play smarter (see: Danilo Gallinari). Gallinari scored 17 of his 28 points on a night when he was 5-for-14 from the field. Luke Walton and multiple players noted that they simply didn’t have to foul him so often. Had Green not been rested, he would have had an impact there.

5. The Warriors were fine with that final look. Curry was the first option, but Walton said he would of course live with Thompson taking the shot, too. Thompson said he didn’t get his legs in it, and the shot fell short.