April 13 marked a historic event in the world of the NBA as the Golden State Warriors became the first team to ever reach 73 wins in a season. In a season of 82 games, 73 wins requires single-digit losses. The previous record was held by The Chicago Bulls from the 1995-96 season. Head coach Phil Jackson led stars Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan to a 72-10 season. The team also included Steve Kerr, the man now coaching the Warriors. Throughout the year, it was assumed that the Warriors would likely break the record behind the spectacular three-point shooting of guard Stephen Curry.
Curry drained ten threepoint shots in the win over the Memphis Grizzlies to put his season total at a whopping 402, beating the previous record that he held of 286. Teammate Klay Thompson put up 276, almost reaching Curry’s previous season record, giving him the most three-pointers in a season by any player not named Stephen Curry. The team as a whole put up an astounding 1077 threepointers, breaking the record set by the Houston Rockets in the previous season. The Warriors didn’t quite reach the record of three-point shots taken however, signaling a more efficient shooting team.
Golden State’s record breaking win over the Grizzlies wasn’t the only record that they broke this year. They also put up the record for the most road wins in a season with 34 and the best start to a season as they came out with a 24-0 start before their first loss. They also had the best record against top-10 teams going 21-2 against those strong opponents while also recording a record 54 home wins in a row through the last two seasons, claiming that record.
So far into the playoffs, the Warriors have been rolling through the Rockets destroying them in the first game 104-78. Curry led the first game in points scored, however Curry hurt his ankle and sat in game two. The team went into the game, still confident without their leader. Without Curry, the game stayed close, but Thompson took on the leadership position in the scoring department. Golden State continued to hit the three-point shots, even without Curry, with eight of these through the first three quarters. After a big game by Thompson, the Warriors look to finish off the Rockets in the next few games, hopeful for a return from Curry. The Rockets won’t go down easy.