The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors continue to rack up NBA records in their pursuit of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls lofty mark of 72 wins in a season. They started the season by winning their first 24 games, which set a new standard of excellence among major professional sports in America, and they haven’t slowed down since.
With their 103-96 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night, the Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to reach 68 wins. The night before, the Dubs became the first franchise to record 54 home wins in a row, besting the record set by the ’96 Bulls by ten games.
Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 31 points, but it was Klay Thompson’s 3-pointer that dramatically forced overtime and allowed the Warriors to escape with yet another W.
As impressive as the Warriors win total is, the Splash Brothers’ (Curry and Thompson) offensive contribution to the team — particularly in the realm of three pointers — is even more unprecedented.
Curry broke the previous record of 286 3-pointers, which he set last year, with 24 games remaining. With five more treys against the Wizards, Curry brought the season total to 361. With seven games remaining, he will have to average almost six 3s per game to breach 400.
Thompson has 258 3-pointers for the season, and still harbors hopes to become the second player (after Curry) in NBA history to surpass 300. Together, the Splash Brothers have dropped an NBA record 619 three-pointers on their opponents this season.
RUNNING WITH THE BULLS
The Warriors will have to finish the season 5-2 or better in order to break Chicago’s 72 win total. The good news is five of the games are at Oracle Arena where the Dubs are undefeated thus far. The bad news is they still have two games left with the Spurs, including one in San Antonio.
Further complicating the Warriors’ quest for 73 wins is Andre Iguodala’s recent ankle injury that is expected to keep him off the court for several more games.
|114-98 W Clippers||64-7||71||110-92 W @ Heat||63-8|
|128-120 W Mavericks||65-7||72||100-92 W Heat||64-8|
|117-105 W Sixers||66-7||73||126-92 W @ Hornets||65-8|
|102-94 W Wizards||67-7||74||90-86 W @ Magic||66-8|
|103-96 W Jazz||68-7||75||98-97 L Hornets||66-9|
|vs. Celtics 4/1||76||113-100 W @ Nets||67-9|
|vs. Blazers 4/3||77||112-82 W Sixers||68-9|
|vs. TWolves 4/5||78||98-72 W @ Cavs||69-9|
|vs. Spurs 4/7||79||86-80 W @ Bucks||70-9|
|@ Grizzlies 4/9||80||110-79 W Pistons||71-9|
|@ Spurs 4/10||81||100-99 L vs. Pacers||71-10|
|vs. Grizzlies 4/13||82||103-93 W Bullets||72-10|