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Warriors Keep Breaking NBA Records

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The Golden State Warriors are the midst of a historic 2015-16 season that has included breaking several long-standing NBA records along the way. The defending NBA champions have also had quite a memorable playoff run in hopes of capturing their second straight title. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors accomplished something that was quite unexpected.

This 35-point bench advantage is the highest total in the NBA Finals since the league decided to expand to a 16-team playoff format back in 1984. The next highest amount after that was recorded by the Houston Rockets with a 30-plus bench point edge in Game 2 of the 1995 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic. The Warriors’ 45 bench points was also the seventh most in an NBA Finals game over that time frame.

What makes this feat more fascinating is that this was the difference in the game. The Warriors’ bench led by a 20-point outing from Shaun Livingston were able to pull out a win despite Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for just 20 points. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers received 66 combined points from their big three in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. It’s unlikely that this combination happens again, but if it does Golden State’s reserves have clearly shown that they can carry the team to victory. 

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