The Golden State Warriors made National Basketball Association history Wednesday night, trouncing the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 in Oakland to post their record-breaking 73rd win on the last game of the 2015-16 regular season.
As usual, the reigning NBA champions were led by superstar Stephen Curry, who scored 46 points, 30 of them from the three-point region. Curry's 10 three-point shots on the night gave him a total of 402 three-pointers for the season, shattering the single-season record of 286 three-pointers he set just last season, making him a sure bet to repeat as the league's most valuable player.
Golden State's won-loss record of 73-9 surpasses by one game that of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, a team led by Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan and including Steve Kerr, the Warriors's current coach. The Warriors had few missteps on the way to its history-making season, going undefeated in the first 24 games despite Kerr's absence due to illness, as well as posting a 39-2 record on their home court.
President Barack Obama, a decades-long Chicago resident and huge basketball fan, congratulated the Warriors on Twitter as "a great group of guys on and off the court. If somebody had to break the Bulls' record, I'm glad it's them."
Golden State begins its defense of its NBA title Sunday when they host the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals.