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The Warriors have broken the 1995-96 Bulls' record with their 73rd win of the season.

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The Golden State Warriors have broken the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' NBA record for wins in a single season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies to conclude the regular season.

With their 125-104 win at Oracle Arena against the Grizzlies tonight, the Warriors finish their season at 73-9, a six-game improvement over last season.

Rank

Year

Team

Record

Outcome

1

2015-16

Golden State Warriors

73-9

???

2

1995-96

Chicago Bulls

72-10

Won championship

3

1996-97

Chicago Bulls

69-13

Won championship

3

1971-72

Los Angeles Lakers

69-13

Won championship

5

1966-67

Philadelphia 76ers

68-13

Won championship

5

1972-73

Boston Celtics

68-14

Lost in Conf. Finals

7

2014-15

Golden State Warriors

67-15

Won championship

7

1985-86

Boston Celtics

67-15

Won championship

7

1991-92

Chicago Bulls

67-15

Won championship

7

1999-2000

Los Angeles Lakers

67-15

Won championship

7

2006-07

Dallas Mavericks

67-15

WE BELIEVED!

7

2015-16

San Antonio Spurs

67-15

???

Top 10 regular season records in NBA history.

To put the absurdity of this entire season in perspective, the San Antonio Spurs still had an opportunity to finish among the top 10 regular season teams in history — they concluded their season with a win tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. Regardless of their final tally, a Spurs-Warriors Western Conference Finals would easily be one of the most anticipated conference finals series in league history with the loser, unfortunately, becoming a trivia question.

If the Warriors need any further motivation to stay hungry for next season, you might note that Michael Jordan's Bulls actually managed to reach 69 wins twice in a row — that's remarkable when you consider that only one other team had ever reached 69 in the history of the league to that point. So with a little basic arithmetic, you'll probably also note that the Warriors will fall one win short of the Bulls for another (justifiably) more obscure wins record even if they do beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday: wins over two consecutive seasons (141)...something the Warriors would've reached if they hadn't fallen asleep against the Minnesota Timberwolves and won 74 games this season.

Trivial regrets aside, as Rob Perez of Fox Sports wrote even before the Warriors won a 73rd game (h/t BornInDaEB for the FanShot), "we've never experienced brilliance as original as this."

There's nothing for us as fans to do right now except enjoy it.

To that end, BreakingT (with some design concept help from Tony.psd) has come up with another t-shirt for us to enjoy as we celebrate the Warriors. Check out the design below and click here to get one of 'em.

Warriors record logo Alex Torres/BreakingT.