How do the Toronto Raptors avoid becoming the next victim of the record-setting Golden State Warriors?
"We've got to treat it like another game that we need to win," Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan suggested.
The Toronto Raptors play host to Golden State on Saturday and would love to avoid being the Warriors' latest conquest.
Led by reigning MVP Stephen Curry – who spent three childhood years in Toronto, honing his shot at Air Canada Centre while his dad, Dell, played for the Raptors – the Warriors are beating opponents with lopsided scores.
"We know we can go out there and play with that team," DeRozan said. "Just got to go out there and do what we need to do and execute from the start, and not wait."
DeRozan said the team needs to be disciplined.
"Once we do that at the defensive end, we know we can play with that team, no question about it. We proved that on the road at their place."
Golden State is chasing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who own the NBA single-season record for wins with 72.
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will honour Nelson Mandela in his second annual "The Giant of Africa" tribute Saturday night. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Ivorian soccer legend Didier Drogba are among invited guests.