Although the Milwaukee Bucks boast a league-leading 37-6 regular-season record - three games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers - general manager Jon Horst knows the real prize comes at the end of the playoffs.
"I think our seeding matters and we want to be intentional and careful about how we end up seeding-wise, but we're not chasing total wins," Horst said on Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski's SiriusXM show, "Basketball and Beyond with Coach K," according to ESPN's Eric Woodyard.
The Bucks' .860 winning percentage has them on track for more than 70 wins. That would easily clear the franchise's single-season record of 66, set during the 1970-71 campaign, which culminated in Milwaukee's lone NBA championship.
Of course, the Bucks have seen that a gaudy regular-season record is no guarantee of playoff success. Last season, the team finished a league-best 60-22 but was upset by the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals.
"What we're chasing is we want to be an NBA champion," Horst added. "We want to be better than we were last year. Last year, we fell short of The Finals. This year we want to get to The Finals.
"We want to get there healthy. We want to be playing well. As I think you would tell anyone, that if you're healthy, if you're good enough and you catch enough breaks along the way you can win it. And that's where we want to be positioned to hope to be able to do."