• A Magical Season

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    Raffy Ledesma

    Raffy Ledesma

    THE Golden State Warriors have  rewritten NBA history when they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in their last game of the 2015-16 season. Their remarkable regular-season run was capped with their 73rd won game and are now the all-time winningest team over a season in the league’s 70-year history. They bested the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls by one victory; a previous record that was considered untouchable but the Warriors did it in style.

    The Warriors started the season with a record when they registered the best start in NBA history going unbeaten in their first 24 games. The previous longest win streak to start a season was 15-0, held by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols.

    Golden State is also the first NBA team to go through a regular season without losing twice to the same team and without losing two games in a row.

    With the 73-9 feat, the Warriors are now assured of home court advantage all throughout the playoffs as they try to win their 2nd straight NBA title.

    To seal the deal in their 82nd game, Steph Curry made more history when he scored 46 points on 10-19 shooting from the three-point area, finishing with 402 3-pointers for the season. The first ever player to reach 400 3-pointers made in NBA history. To put this in context, no other NBA player has even reached 300 in a season. Curry also joins the exclusive 50-40-90 club (50 percent field goal percentage, 40 percent three-point percentage and 90 percent free throw percentage). This despite the fact that half of his shots come from the 3-point range.  If I am right, he will be the first player to hit 50-40-90 and lead the NBA in scoring in the same season.

    Curry will definitely be named the league’s MVP for the second straight season.

    The Warriors now set their sights on another NBA title. They are 16 victories away from immortality and they are heavily favored to go back-to-back.

    The Warriors only have one hurdle – the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are the only team that can go toe-to-toe with the Warriors. They have the depth, the experience, and the brain thrust to make it happen. Once the Warriors get out of the West, they will raise the Larry O’Brien trophy for the second straight year.

    SIDELINES. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was part of the 1995-1996 Bulls team that previously held the record.

    raffyrledesma@yahoo.com

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