They did it. They actually bloody well did it.
The Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to the annals of basketball history today, by registering their 72nd win of the 2015-16 NBA Season.
The Warriors had to overcome one of the NBA’s biggest hurdles – facing the San Antonio Spurs at home in Texas – in order to tie the mythical mark set by the almost-holy revered 1995-96 Chicago Bulls outfit.
Steph Curry and the Warriors notched up the dizzyingly high mark by overwhelming the Spurs in the second half of their game earlier today, en route to a 92 – 86 victory.
The win not only equalled the 95-96 Bulls mark of 72 wins in a season, it also broke that same side’s record for most road wins in a season (34). It also delivered San Antonio its first loss at home for the entire year, and ended a staggering streak of regular season losses for Golden State in Spurs territory that stretched all the way back to February 14th, 1997 for a total of 33 games.
Once again, it was Curry behind the Warriors success, casually sinking a stellar 37 points from the field.
The Warriors now have one final game to play in the regular season, and a chance to own the most successful NBA season record outright. Only a clash with the Memphis Grizzlies at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena home fortress stands in the way of achieving a momentous regular season record of 73-9.
‘Course all that will be for naught if they can’t manage to claim a second successive NBA Championship when the playoffs commence shortly thereafter. And a likely meeting with the equally-determined Spurs in the Western Conference Finals would have a lot to do with that.
But for the time being, the season-long suspicions are finally confirmed: This Warriors team is one of the best the game has ever seen.
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