Four years ago today, the Golden State Warriors entered the NBA record books.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think any team would beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 72-10 season.
I’m glad I was wrong.
The Dubs came off their 2014-15 NBA Championship with a ridiculous 24-game winning streak to kick off 2015-16.
Golden State continued to dominate the league throughout the regular season. Even in games where they were down at the half or third quarter, you always felt the Warriors were going on a ridiculous run where Steph Curry and Klay Thompson don’t miss and win the game.
The Warriors went on late-season six-game winning streak that culminated with a 103-96 overtime win on the road against the Utah Jazz.
Then, the Dubs lost a close 109-106 decision to the Boston Celtics. Curry and Harrison Barnes missed game-tying 3-pointers in the dying seconds.
Golden State split its next two games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers, then dropping another OT contest, this time to Minnesota.
The Warriors regrouped and beat the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies to get to 71-9, before tying the record by winning on the road against the Spurs, setting up the season finale against the Grizzlies.
Everyone had the feeling the Dubs were going to beat Memphis, we just wanted to see how it was going to happen.
The playoff bound Grizzlies hung tough for the six minutes of the game. It was tied at 14-14 when Curry went nuts on Memphis.
Curry scored 14 points over the final six minutes of the quarter, including four from deep and the Dubs took a 37-23 into the second.
With Curry on the bench to start the quarter, Golden State got contributions from everyone on the floor and extended its lead to 20 going into half-time.
The result wasn’t in question at that point, but Curry added another reason for the fans at Oracle Arena to lose their minds, when he started the third quarter by scoring the Dubs’ first 10 points.
Curry added another 12 more in the third, finishing the game with 46 points, including 10 shots from beyond-the-arc, despite not playing a minute in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors went on to a 125-104 win and entered the NBA’s recording, finishing 73-9.
Head coach Steve Kerr talked to reporters after the game:
“It’s a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season, I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken. I thought it was like DiMaggio’s hit streak, really. I was wrong, but I will say the same thing now that I said 20 years ago, ‘I don’t think this one will ever be broken.’ Somebody’s got to go 74-8. I don’t see it, and I hope our fans aren’t expecting that next year.”
It was a magical regular season, capped off by a modern day Houdini, who put on a show only he can.