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Numbers show why the Warriors changed completely after All-Star break

The Golden State Warriors left the sour taste of a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers behind after the All-Star break, chaining together five straight wins entering tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Beyond their recent success has been Houston’s relentless streak, as they have also won five straight since the break, making it a season-high 15-game winning streak and holding on to their top seed by a half game.

But the Warriors have a huge reason to be encouraged by their chances to take the top spot once again, as the have led the league in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, assists per game, and net rating — also tied for first in winning percentage with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Blazers, and the Rockets.

Players and coaching staff have emphasized that while they’re aware of this tight race in the West, they aren’t focusing their efforts in how other teams perform or what they need to do to get ahead, but rather hone-in their own product, which they have done so exquisitely.

Golden State has proved to be the highest-scoring offense in basketball, scoring over 100 points in 12 straight games after mustering only 99 in a 30-point loss to the Utah Jazz in late January.

Since the All-Star break, they have shot the ball at a razor-sharp 52.9 percent from the field, 44.9 percent from beyond the arc, and averaged 33.4 assists per game — recording 31 assists or more in each of their five contests.

So long as the Warriors keep hitting stride, a No. 1 seed will matter little, as often the hottest and healthiest team is the one that ends up with a chance for a deep run in the postseason.