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Draymond Green's stat chasing nearly cost his Warriors a win against 76ers

Monday, February 1, 2016 9:05:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

The Philadelphia 76ers nearly threw a gigantic wrench into the Golden State Warriors trying to chase that 72-10 record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors went into Saturday's with the best record in the NBA with a 42-4 mark -- one game better than those Bulls were after 46 games at 41-5. This was the type of matchup the Warriors were supposed to roll through and yet, they needed a Harrison Barnes 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to take home the road victory.

What was the reason for the Warriors' second-half struggles? Maybe part of it was Draymond Green chasing a triple-double instead of just making whatever play was supposed to be there for his team. He admitted as such to Ethan Sherwood Strauss of after the game, saying his selfish unselfishness led to turnovers as he was hunting out double digits in assists for the night.

The Warriors committed 15 of their 23 turnovers in the second half against the Sixers, and Green had five of his seven turnovers during that stretch. Those five turnovers all came on errant passes to teammates, and he attempted just one field goal after the break. He never did end up with that triple-double as he finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

Green leads the NBA in triple-doubles at eight, and his ninth would've put him three ahead of Russell Westbrook. In the end it nearly came at the cost of beating a team they should always beat. If those hiccups become the Warriors choking in those random regular-season games, the 72-10 record won't be attainable.

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