The Golden State Warriors made history on Wednesday Apr. 13th, as they improved to a 73-9 to set the best NBA regular season record of all time in their victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Not only was this win historic to the franchise, but it was well-fought and hard earned – a true testament to the Warriors’ regular season achievements as they shift gears for the playoffs.
“It’s a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season. I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that record would ever be broken,” said Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr, who coincidentally played for the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls back when they set the initial best season record at 72-10. “I thought we would be better this year because of the continuity of our roster and confidence from winning a championship. But I didn’t know it would translate to more wins. A lot has to go right. I’m very grateful to be a part of it. I’m well aware of how lucky I am.”
In addition to their 73-9 record, point guard Stephen Curry had an explosive game, where he ultimately scored his 402nd career three-pointer.
“It was just good to see it go in,” Curry said. “It was a cool moment, knowing what that one meant. Things started to flow, I let it come to me and had some fun.”
Curry ultimately wracked up 46 total points in the three quarters he played, which undeniably contributed to the Warriors’ 73rd win of the season.
“In Steph’s case, if he’s greedy it helps us,” Kerr said. “We want him looking for his shot, attacking, being aggressive all the time. He had a spectacular night. He just had one of the most amazing seasons that anyone has ever had.”
In addition to Curry’s outstanding performance, shooting guard Klay Thompson earned two rebounds, two assists, and 16 points in his 28 minutes, while power forward Draymond Green achieved nine rebounds, seven assists, and 11 points in his 30 minutes.
Now that the Warriors have officially earned the best regular season record in NBA history, they can focus solely on winning their second consecutive championship title in two years. Needless to say, things are heating up in the Bay Area as we progress to postseason basketball.