The Golden State Warriors are cheering today after beating the NBA-record 73rd win to surpass the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 125-104, setting the record for most victories in a single season.
Another win for the Warriors (73-9) meant another chance for Stephen Curry to shine. Curry made 10 3-pointers, giving him 402 for the season. Curry had already surpassed the record for number of 3-pointers in a single season, and strived to hit 400 as his ultimate goal. The crowd went wild when he reached his target early in the third quarter.
The Golden State Warriors packed their season with many firsts; including: becoming the first team in league history to open a season with 24 straight victories, the first to win 34 games on the road, the first to go an entire season without losing to the same team twice, and the first to avoid losing consecutive games. Now, they celebrate the largest win of all after reaching the magical number, 73.
Coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr, had largely resisted the idea of surpassing the record and was instead focused on chasing another championship.
“I told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken,” Kerr said.
He added that he doesn’t expect the Warriors to break the record again next year, but is proud of the team for the amazing accomplishments they were able to make this season.
The Warriors will now enter their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets as the top seed in the Western Conference. Kerr, along with Curry, said the team’s work is not over yet.
“The goal,” Curry said, “is to win a championship”