Warriors' 73 wins set new NBA record
THE Golden State Warriors made NBA history on Wednesday by clinching a record 73rd victory in their final regular season game.
Here are four key moments in Golden State's record-breaking season:
BEST SEASON START
The Warriors crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 to bring up their first record of the season, advancing to 16-0 to better the previous record for the best start to a campaign of 15-0 held by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols.
28 CONSECUTIVE WINS
The Warriors recorded their 28th straight regular season victory with a dramatic overtime win over the Boston Celtics, on Dec 11, prevailing 124-119 with Curry scoring 38 points and eight assists.
But the bid to overhaul the Los Angeles Lakers' record of 33 consecutive victories - set in the 1971-72 season - came unstuck in the next game, a 108-95 defeat on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks.
CURRY'S 402 3-POINTERS
Curry cemented his reputation as the greatest long-range shooter the NBA has ever seen with another epic three-pointer against the Utah Jazz in March, finding the net with an extraordinary 55-footer on the half-time buzzer.
Curry's prowess from distance has seen him take three-point shooting to unprecedented levels. He finished the regular season with an incredible 402 three-pointers.
A late-season wobble saw the Warriors beaten twice in three games in early April with a shock 106-109 defeat to the Boston Celtics at the Oracle Arena. It was followed four days later with another unexpected reverse, a 124-117 loss at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Those setbacks reduced the Warriors' drive for 73 to a simple equation: Win the last four games. Given that two of those games included home and away matches with the San Antonio Spurs, the odds looked to have lengthened.
But the Warriors showed their champions' pedigree by beating the Spurs in Oakland before travelling to Texas to shatter San Antonio's dream of an unbeaten season at home to claim a record-equalling 72nd win.