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Power Take: Golden State can make legitimate run at 72 wins

Here’s some scary news for the NBA: The defending champion Warriors, who began the year on a record 24-game winning streak, are getting better. Monday night, they hosted the Spurs, who had won 13 straight, in the first-ever meeting of teams with winning percentages of .850 this late in a season.

The Warriors coasted, 120-90. Stephen Curry had 37 points in 28 minutes. The reigning MVP carved up the league’s top defense with an array of drives and three-pointers. The Spurs were allowing 89 points a game. The Warriors had 90 late in the third quarter.

Because they’re great on offense, the Warriors don’t get enough credit for their D. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are among the league’s top defenders. Curry had five steals against the Spurs, who had a season-high 25 turnovers.

Yes, Tim Duncan was out with a sore knee, which mitigated the Spurs’ front-court edge. But the Warriors left no doubt that they’re the team to beat. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called it “men against boys.”

They’ll likely meet in the conference finals. They also play twice in the last week of the regular season – with the Warriors chasing the Bulls’ record of 72 wins.


Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.

Today’s Power Takes

• Jay Skurski’s Power Take: Pro Bowl has become an unnecessary joke

• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: Super Bowl ‘Roman Empire’ likely to fade into history

• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Golden State can make legitimate run at 72 wins