OAKLAND – If it’s true that Michael Jordan told Draymond Green to break his Bulls team’s NBA record for wins in a season, then give those “Crying Jordan” memes a rest.
With another dominant performance that’s become a calling card of their season, the Golden State Warriors set a new league mark for wins in a season as they knocked off the Grizzlies for their 73rd win of the year.
The 125-104 victory at Oracle Arena helped Golden State break the 72 win record set by the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. The mark stood for 20 years.
Stephen Curry made sure his team would make history with five three-pointers in the first quarter on his way to scoring 46 points. Likely the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Curry hit ten triples on the night and was 15-of-24 from the floor while being one of six players on the team to score in double figures.
Led by head coach Steve Kerr, who was a guard on the 1995-1996 Bulls, the Warriors won their last four games of the season to break the record. They now have the top seed in the NBA for the upcoming playoffs as they look to repeat as champions.
Reactions to the win came quickly on Twitter, including 1995-1996 Bulls forward Scottie Pippen who saluted his former teammate for breaking his team’s wins mark.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 14, 2016
Shortly after the victory, the Bulls sent out their own congrats on Twitter.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 14, 2016
NBA commissioner Adam Silver released this statement following the historic win in Oakland.
“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 organization.”