The Golden State Warriors are on pace to win 73 games to break the record set by Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for most wins a season. Before finding out if Golden State can get 73 wins, let’s take a look at the top five records the Warriors set this season.
1. Fastest Team to Clinch a Playoff Berth
The Warriors clinched a playoff berth on Feb. 27 with about six weeks to play in the regular season. They broke the previous record of the 1985-86 Boston Celics by just one day, per CBS Sports. This amazing record shows how the defending champions are having a historic season.
2. Best Start in NBA History
Golden State’s first loss of the season was courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks last Dec. 12, 2015 at the Bradley Center. Nevertheless, the Warriors recorded the best start in NBA history and professional sports at 24-0. The team also did it without their head coach, Steve Kerr, who was recovering from back surgery.
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3. 54-Straight Home Wins
Another impressive record set by the Golden State Warriors this season is winning 54-straight games at the Oracle Arena. The streak started during the 2014-15 regular season but was ended on Friday by the Boston Celtics. The previous record was 45-straight wins held by the Chicago Bulls.
4. First Team to Hit 1,000 3s in a Season
The Warriors also became the first team to hit 1,000 three-point shots in a season. It was only fitting that Stephen Curry hit the 1,000th three in the second quarter of the win over the Portland Trail Blazers last Sunday. Obviously, the Warriors will add more to that number with five more games to play.
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5. Best Record at the All-Star Break
Entering the 2016 All-Star break, the Warriors had a record of 48-4 and .923 winning percentage. It was the best record heading into the break surpassing the 42-5 record of the 1995-96 Bulls and the .907 winning percentage of the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers.
Will they win 73 games?
The Golden State Warriors have only five games remaining and it starts on Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then they will face the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies two more times each.
The Timberwolves are not a playoff team while the Grizzlies have a host of injuries. The Spurs have the best chance to foil the Warriors, but you can expect head coach Greg Popovich to rest his starters on both games.
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