Chasing History

The Golden State Warriors have clinched the best record in the NBA this season and also have won their division. They are also the reigning NBA Champions. Along with these accomplishments, the Warriors have a chance to finish with the best regular season record in NBA history. To reach this record, they must finish the season with 73 wins and 9 losses, which would give them one more win than the previous record. The 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, currently hold the best regular season record at 72-10. Golden State is also maintaining one of the best home records ever this season. Their five starters are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut. They are coached by Steve Kerr.

Golden State began the season on a 24 game win streak before losing on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. They kept winning until the All-Star break, going into their days off with a record of 48-4. All four of their losses were on the road, to teams in the bottom half of the standings. The Warriors lost their first game after the break at Portland, which was a blowout loss. But they once again rebounded, finishing the month of March at 68-7, heading into the last seven games of the season. They would lose their next game to the Boston Celtics, which was also their first home loss of the season. A few days later, they took another home loss, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This was the Warriors’ ninth loss of the season, and had to be their final loss if they would set the record. After this loss, they had four tough games remaining, knowing they had to win them all.

The final four games of the season were home-and-home match-ups against the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors defeated the Spurs at home and then went on the road to defeat Memphis. This left them one win away from tying the record and two away from breaking it. The next game was against the Spurs on the road, where the Warriors had lost 33 straight games. The Warriors trailed most of this game but finished strong, winning by 6 to tie Chicago’s record. It all came down to the final game against the Grizzlies at home, where the Warriors rarely lose. Golden State dominated the entire game, winning 125-104. This win set the record, a record many think no team will come close to breaking. The Warriors look to finish a special season like this the way it should be finished: by winning the NBA Championship.

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