The Golden State Warriors have taken the NBA world by storm this season, breaking record after record. But which records stand out the most?
1. Best start in NBA history
In any sport, getting off to a strong start is something that coaches and managers always preach the importance of. However, the Warriors took this to a new level at the beginning of the current NBA season as they made history by winning their first 24 games.
The Warriors eclipsed the previous record of 15 games which was jointly held by the 1948/49 Washington Capitols and 1993/94 Houston Rockets.
The mark was also a record across all US sports, beating the 20 straight wins which was set by the St Louis Maroons baseball team 131 years earlier in 1884.
However, all good things come to an end and there was no exception for the Warriors as their first loss of the 2015/16 NBA season came against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 12, 2015.
2. Fastest to 50 wins
On February 22, 2015, the Warriors etched their name in NBA history once again as they became the fastest team to notch up 50 wins, needing just 55 games to do so. The previous record belonged to the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls, who needed 56 games to secure 50 wins.
3. Curry’s three-point records
The Warriors’ accomplishments this season have also trickled down to the players as Stephan Curry has broken two three-point records this season.
He became the first player to make 300 three-pointers in a single season, accomplishing the feat in the Warriors’ 119-113 win over the Orlando Magic on March 7. And has since racked up 322 long distance shots to date.
Curry has also broken Kyle Korver’s record of the most consecutive games with a three-pointer. Korver set the mark at 127 games in 2014, but Curry has already bettered that and currently sits in 136 successive games with at least one three-pointer.
Lastly, Curry tied the record for the most three-pointers in a game as he sunk 12 in a 121-118 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 27. Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall are the two other players that have made 12 three-pointers in an NBA game.
4. Don’t mess with the Warriors at home
The Oracle Arena has become a dreaded name for the 29 other teams in the NBA, as the Warriors have broken the record for the longest winning streak on home soil. The previous record was set by the 1995/96 Bulls team as they won 44 consecutive games. However, the Warriors surpassed that against the Magic on March 7 and have extended that streak to 49 games.
5. Fastest to 60 wins
Ever since the Warriors started their season on a 24-game winning streak, there has been talk of them beating the 72-10 regular season record the 1995/96 Bulls team set. They are on track and they seem to be doing it in style as on Monday, they became the fastest team to win 60 games in NBA history, needing just 66 games to accomplish the feat.
With 16 regular season games remaining, the Warriors must win 13 in order to surpass the record that the Bulls have held for the past two decades.