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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|