OAKLAND, Calif. – History well in hand, Stephen Curry sat on the bench throughout the entire fourth quarter and surveyed the scene until the final buzzer.
There was nothing but joy all around Oracle Arena.
Confetti fell as the Golden State Warriors became living legends Wednesday, finishing the regular season with the best record in NBA history at 73-9.
They broke the record for single-season wins by routing the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104. Draymond Green – the player who openly talked about wanting it the most – came away with the game ball.
“Now let’s go get this championship,” Green told the crowd after the game.
Coach Steve Kerr played on the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that went 72-10 with a record many believed to be unbreakable. He gave a nod to his old team, wearing Scottie Pippen socks during the game. Kerr’s new team is something special, too.
“The team held itself to a high standard throughout the season, playing with purpose every night and captivating fans around the world with its free-flowing style, spectacular shooting and flair for the dramatic,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement congratulating the Warriors.
With Curry gunning on a memorable night, records started falling.
The reigning MVP dazzled with a 46-point performance over three quarters as he made 10 3-pointers to reach a milestone number of his own and surpass the 400 mark this season.
Curry finished with a single-season record 402 3-pointers, shattering his own previous record of 286, as he hoisted a career-high 19 attempts.
The Warriors finished their joyride of a regular season with a 39-2 record at home, and it’s at Oracle where they will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, which begin Saturday.
“At the end of the day, the support night in and night out you bring to this arena is incredible,” Green told the fans after the game. “Winning 39 games at home is incredible.”
The Warriors will face the eighth-seeded Houston Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
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