Warriors earn record-setting 73rd regular season victory

Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:07am EDT
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By Dan Levine

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors earned a National Basketball Association record-setting 73rd regular season victory on Wednesday with a 125-104 blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The victory came in the final game of the 82-game regular season and snapped the previous record of 72 wins set by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls during the 1995-96 season.

"It was a great way to finish off what was an incredible regular season," Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was on the Bulls team that held the previous record, told a news conference.

"I don't think this one will ever be broken. Someone has to go 74-8 and I don't see it. And I hope our fans aren't expecting it next season. Now obviously we want to finish off the season in the right way and it's going to be a lot of work."

To reach the once unthinkable 73-win plateau, the defending NBA champion Warriors made a record 24-0 start to the campaign, won their first 36 home games, became the first team not to lose consecutive games and had a record 34 road wins.

Any question of whether the Warriors would break one of the NBA's most storied records was answered early as Golden State, powered by reigning league Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, came out firing against Memphis.

Curry scored a game-high 46 points, including 10 three-pointers to reach a record 401 on the season.

By the time Curry hit his fifth three-pointer of the game with about four minutes left in the first quarter, the raucous crowd at Oracle Arena was on its feet chanting “MVP! MVP!" and the Warriors were well on their way to win No. 73.   Continued...

Apr 13, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Jordan Farmar (4) during second half at Oracle Arena. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports