The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 on Wednesday to make NBA history as the team with the most victories in a season at 73-9, bettering the record they shared with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Stephen Curry started things off in the first half by nailing six 3-pointers to lead the Grizzlies 70-50. Curry went on to score 46 points, four rebounds and six assists to give him an NBA record with 402 three-pointers in a season.
For the Grizzlies, their top performer was Zach Randolph with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement after the game congratulating the team on their fantastic achievement.
“Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors on their 73rd win and the best regular-season record in NBA history.
“The team held itself to a high standard throughout the season, playing with purpose every night and captivating fans around the world with its free-flowing style, spectacular shooting, and flair for the dramatic. Kudos to the entire Warriors organisation.”
Before Wednesday’s game, with the record in sight, there was added pressure on the Warriors – should they try and eclipse the Bulls record or rest players for the playoffs? But the likes of Curry and Draymond Green insisted that they wanted to beat the record and make history.
Late in the season there were a few stumbles on the way to the record, with losses to the Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timber Wolves, but with back-to-back victories against the San Antonio Spurs and Grizzlies their record-breaking campaign was back on track.
The Warriors will be in action this weekend in the NBA playoff first-round series when they host the Houston Rockets in Game One.