Kerr 'a little uneasy' about chasing NBA record


Steve Kerr feels "a little uneasy" about chasing the NBA regular-season record of 72 victories after his Golden State Warriors side beat San Antonio Spurs to take the Western Conference title on Thursday.

The Warriors became only the second team in NBA history to achieve 70 victories before the play-offs by seeing off the Spurs 112-101.

Warriors head coach Kerr was a member of the Chicago Bulls side which racked up 72 victories to set a new regular-season high back in 1996.

The Warriors can surpass that mark by winning all three of their remaining matches before the play-offs, but Kerr has mixed thoughts about chasing the record.

"I'm a little uneasy about it. It's not that I'm worried about injury - you could get injured in practice," said Kerr. "So it's not so much that I want to risk guys to avoid injury, but we do have a back-to-back here.

"This will be our third game in four nights on Sunday night. The good news for us is that the guys who actually need rest have had plenty of rest: [Andrew] Bogut, Andre [Iguodala], Shawn Livingston.

"I told the guys afterwards what an amazing accomplishment - no matter how many we end up with, 70 wins... to compete night-after-night at such a high level with so much effort, is an amazing accomplishment.

"What we're trying to do, if you think about it, is that much harder than what the Chicago Bulls did in '96. In '96 we were trying to get to 70, we have to get to 73."

Warriors star Stephen Curry is keen for his team's exploits to be recognised, even if they fail to match or surpass the 96 Bulls.

"It's kind of crazy," Curry said. "Going into the season having won 67 last year, we were obviously a very confident group but probably wouldn't have guessed we would have bested what we did last year. 

"It's a proud moment. It's something that should be recognised and everybody in that locker room, coaching staff, players, front office should be proud of that. 

"I think it's a special accomplishment for sure. Whether we get 73 or not, it's definitely a big milestone for a regular-season run."