Steph Curry’s 39 points, nine 3-pointers put Warriors back on track in quest for 73 wins

Steph Curry’s 39 points, nine 3-pointers put Warriors back on track in quest for 73 wins

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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 136-111 victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday night, the Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to reach 69 wins (and only fourth team in history to reach that total). The night before, the Dubs’ record steak of 54 home wins in a row, was ended by a scrappy Boston Celtics squad.

Against the Blazers, Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 39 points. Draymond Green held down the fort at center with his franchise-record 13th double-double of the season.

SPLASHDOWN

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 nine more treys against the Blazers, Curry brought his season total to 378. With five games remaining, he will have to average just under five 3s per game to breach 400.

“That negative energy of overanalyzing situations or even mild panic is not necessary right now. We've got a pretty good focus as a unit of how we can bounce back from losses and just stay true to who we are.”

— Steph Curry, on bouncing back

Thompson has 262 3-pointers for the season, and still harbors hopes of surpassing Curry’s old record. Together, the Splash Brothers have dropped an NBA record 640 three-pointers on their opponents this season.

Against the Blazers, the Warriors became the first team to exceed 1,000 3-pointers in a season and now have 1,013 for the year (the 2014-15 Houston Rockets owned the previous record with 933).

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 three of the games are at Oracle Arena where the Dubs are 37-1 this year. The bad news is they still have two games left with the Spurs, including one in San Antonio.

Quest for 73: Warriors move to 69-8 after dispatching Blazers

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.

Warriors Record Game No. Bulls Record
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
106-109 L Celtics 68-8 76 113-100 W @ Nets 67-9
136-111 W Blazers 69-8 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
2016-04-04T08:21:11+00:00 April 4th, 2016|

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