Golden State Finishes Best-Ever NBA Season

They made history with win No. 73
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 14, 2016 12:13 AM CDT
Golden State Finishes Best-Ever NBA Season
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a 3-point basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday.   (Jeff Chiu)

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors took their last shot at Michael Jordan and history and they swished it for 73. Down to their final chance at the record, the Warriors became the first 73-win team Wednesday night by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104, breaking what many considered an unmatchable 72-win mark set 20 years ago by Jordan's Chicago Bulls—oh, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr, too, reports the AP. "It's a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season," Kerr says. "I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken. I thought it was like DiMaggio's hit streak, really. I was wrong, but I will say the same thing now that I said 20 years ago: 'I don't think this one will ever be broken.'"

Curry achieved yet one more shooting milestone, becoming the first player to make 400 3-pointers in a season by knocking down 10 from long range on the way to 46 points and 402 total 3's, shattering the record of 286 that he set last season. Golden State saved one last record for the closing day of the regular season, and did it for a roaring, sellout home crowd at Oracle Arena. President Obama sent a tweet that said: "Congrats to the @warriors, a great group of guys on and off the court. If somebody had to break the Bulls' record, I'm glad it's them." Now the Warriors can turn their attention toward back-to-back championships. (More Golden State Warriors stories.)

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