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Lakers Vs. Spurs: San Antonio Off To One Of Best Starts In NBA History

The San Antonio Spurs come to Staples Center tonight, to battle the Lakers, with the best record in the NBA. At 40-8, the Spurs are off to the best start in franchise history, and one of the best starts in NBA history. There have only been 13 teams in league history to have a record of 40-8 or better, and only six teams better than the current San Antonio mark. Here are the best 48-game starts in league history:

Best 48-Game Starts In NBA History
Team Year Record Result
76ers 1966-67 44-4 68-13, NBA Champs
Bulls 1995-96 43-5 72-10, NBA Champs
Bulls 1996-97 42-6 69-13, NBA Champs
76ers 1982-83 41-7 65-17, NBA Champs
Lakers 1971-72 41-7 69-13, NBA Champs
Celtics 1964-65 41-7 62-18, NBA Champs
Spurs 2010-11 40-8 ???
Pistons 2005-06 40-8 64-18, lost East Finals
76ers 1980-81 40-8 62-20, lost East Finals
Blazers 1977-78 40-8 58-24, lost West Semis
Celtics 1972-73 40-8 68-14, lost East Finals
Bucks 1970-71 40-8 66-16, NBA Champs
Nationals 1949-50 40-8 51-13, lost NBA Finals

Two of these teams, the 1972 Lakers and 1973 Celtics, lost their 49th game of the season. The only one of those teams to not win at least 62 games in a full season were the 1977-1978 Blazers, who lost Bill Walton to a broken foot shortly after their 50-10 start to the season. The defending NBA champs lost in the Western Conference semifinals to Seattle.

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