Winning in the NBA is no small task, no matter what the venue, but still its one thing for the Warriors to emerge victorious in front of 19,596 raucous fans at Oracle Arena—where the home supporters have filled the building to capacity on 66 consecutive occasions—and quite another to do so outside of Oakland.
And yet, as the Warriors embark upon a six-game Eastern Conference road trip, they’ve had nearly as much success on the road as they have at home. Here’s a closer look at the Road Warriors, who boast a 16-12 mark in their travels thus far.
With 13 road games still remaining (nearly one-third of the road slate), the Warriors already have their fourth-most road wins (16) since 1991-92, which was the last time the team finished the season at least two games above .500 away from Oracle (24-17). Golden State is on pace for 23 road wins this season.
Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Warriors have enjoyed being out on the road for stretches of four days or longer. In their last 10 road trips of at least three games, the Dubs have finished at least .500 or better in seven of them, including a 6-1 record on a seven-game trip in consecutive seasons. Only the 1995-97 Bulls and 2002-04 Spurs had previously finished seven-game trips in back-to-back seasons with only one loss. Earlier this year, the Warriors tied a franchise-record with seven-straight road victories, equaling a team mark that had stood alone since 1969.
Of the Warriors’ 15 road games against the Eastern Conference, 13 were scheduled as a seven and now six-game roadie. The Warriors won the first six of a seven-game trip earlier this year (Dec. 29-Jan.8) and had a chance to become the first team ever to win all seven games of a road trip before Brooklyn sent them home with a blemish on an otherwise perfect voyage. Golden State, 6-4 against the East at home, is an even better 7-2 against the conference on the road, and will conclude its Eastern Conference road schedule at the completion of this trip.
The 100-point mark has been the key for the Warriors regardless of location this season. Hold opponents to double-digits and they are 26-4; allow the opposition to cross into triple-digits and they are 8-18. That holds true on the road as well, where Golden State is 11-1 when allowing fewer than 100 points and 5-11 when spotting 100. The Warriors’ point differential on the road of +2.6 (101.7 to 99.1) is tied for fourth-best in the league.
MARK THE SPOT
It’s fair to assume that a certain well-traveled NBA veteran-turned-coach might have something to do with the team’s ability to win in hostile environments. As a starting point guard, Mark Jackson led the way in 227 road victories, which trailed only John Stockton (321) and Gary Payton (287) for the most road wins by a starting point guard over the course of Jackson’s career (1987-2004). The success Jackson had as a player has translated well into his coaching role. The Warriors have won 40 percent of their road games in three years with Jackson at the helm (46-69) after winning at a paltry 21 percent clip on the road in the previous three seasons (26-97).