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Golden State Warriors Trump NBA-Record with 73 Wins

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050115_memseriespreview_760The 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.

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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”

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The Surprise Winner of the 2016 Masters Tournament

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265712_m16Danny Willett became the winner of the 2016 Masters after defending champion Jordan Spieth made a fatal mistake on Sunday of the three day tournament.

Jordan Spieth was in the lead after finishing Saturday night, keeping the trajectory to becoming the fourth man to repeat championships wins along with Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

Spieth had a lot to lose during this championship game. Spieth, 22, was planning to become the youngest player in the Masters era to have claimed three majors. He was going to become the game’s first back-to-back, wire-to-wire major winner. He had the potential to win a second Masters after only his third appearance; a feat that took Tiger Woods seven chances and Jack Nicklaus six.

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Sunday proved to be a completely different story, where Danny Willett was able to rally from 3 behind at the start of the day to 5 back after nine holes.

The 12th hole at Augusta National is one of the most recognizable holes in golf due to its many complications and lived up to its reputation upon Spieth’s huge fumble, a quadruple-bogey.

Spieth’s mental crack was the only way to explain his freefall from the top spot.

Danny Willett of England became the first European champion since 1999 with a five-under 67 and a 72-hole total of five-under 283, three strokes better than Spieth and another Englishman, Lee Westwood.

Spieth’s loss will go down as one of the major collapses in golf history. Asked if it would be difficult to erase the memory of his poor finish, Spieth said: “Honestly, I think it will be tough to put it behind. I think I will, but that wasn’t a fun last couple of holes to play from the position I was in.”

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Upon losing, Spieth kept his head down and hands in his pockets, looking as if he had just seen a ghost, as he walked towards Butler Cabin for the passing of the jacket.

Danny Willett is a talented player and a rightfully deserving champion. He is also a proud father of a newborn son, to which his wife’s pregnancy had almost kept him from the Masters. He took the breakthrough victory on his wife’s birthday.

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MTV Movie Awards Filled with Surprises

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Wardrobe-Malfunction-2014-MTV-Movie-AwardsThe 25th annual MTV Movie Awards was held Saturday night at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California and was aired last night on MTV and its sister networks.

Despite the changes to a taped show and outdoor setting, the crazy and sometimes inappropriate entertainment we have come to know from MTV was still alive and well.

Last night brought some memorable moments, starting out with co-hosts Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson storming the stage decked out in Superman and Batman costumes. This was followed by Alexander Skarsgård showing up on stage without any pants. However, that wasn’t even the worst fashion statement as Tyler Posey’s onesie and Baddie Winkles’ eyebrow-raising jumpsuit left everyone confused.

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The audience was thrilled about the amount of sneak peeks released during the show. Viewers got to see a new trailer for Suicide Squad, J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Captain America in Civil War.

This year’s MTV Generation Award was presented to Will Smith. The Comedic Genius Award was given to Melissa McCarthy, the first woman to receive the honor, who celebrated her win by crowd-surfing to the stage.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the big winner of the night, taking home 3 awards including Movie of the Year. Check out below for other notable winners.

  • Movie of the Year: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • True Story: Straight Outta Compton
  • Best Female Performance: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Male Performance: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Breakthrough Performance: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Best Comedic Performance: Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
  • Best Action Performance: Chris Pratt, Jurassic World
  • Best Hero: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • Best Villain: Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Best Virtual Performance: Amy Poehler, Inside out
  • Ensemble Cast: Pitch Perfect 2
  • Best Kiss: Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect 2
  • Best Fight: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein), Deadpool

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Kobe Bryant Leaves a Mark on the NBA

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Kobe_Bryant_Drives2Kobe Bryant, 17 time All-Star NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers, is preparing to play his last game of his 20-year career on Wednesday. Byrant will be walking away with five NBA titles, securing his seat as a NBA icon.

Sunday night, the Lakers took on the Houston Rockets but fell short despite Kobe’s 35 points. The Lakers have endured the worst season in franchise history, but Bryant is still providing plenty of highlights and remains “eternally optimistic” about his last two games.

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Kobe Byrant will play his last away game on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant and the Lakers will play their final game at home on Wednesday against Utah, finishing out his Farewell Season.

Bryant announced his final season during a press conference last November. Fans were not completely blindsided, given that Bryant had hinted towards the decision over the previous weeks. After two decades, Bryant’s career finally began to wind down.

“With 17 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA MVP, five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals and a relentless work ethic, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game.”

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The Lakers team proudly supported Bryant during the last few months, despite the upcoming bittersweet goodbye. Lakers co-owner Jim Buss made a statement saying “Kobe Bryant is family. He’s been on this team for 20 years.”

It’s very clear to see that Kobe Bryant has a devoting love for the game. Despite multiple injuries over the past three years, Bryant has focused on performing at his absolute best. Most are amazed that Bryant is still even playing; the average time an NBA player stays in the league is only 5-7 years. But against all odds Kobe Bryant is still standing. He is prepared for his final game at the Staples Center and ready to give his fans one last goodbye.

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