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73-9: Warriors Break Bulls Record

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With 73 wins and nine losses, the Golden State Warriors just surpassed the mythic standard set by the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls. Three-pointer ace Stephen Curry had numbers comparable to Michael Jordan’s heyday. 

No one thought it was possible. Beating the ‘95-’96 Bulls season record of 72-10 was a feat to overcome.
For the past 20 years, it has been considered a paramount achievement within the sports world. Losing just nine games seemed to be impossible in an 82-game season.
But this isn’t just any other team. This year’s Warriors are walking all over their NBA peers and shattering all sorts of records in the process. Some of their remarkable records include the following: best start to a season at 24-0, most consecutive home wins at 54 (including last season), and most road wins at 34.
All of these are extremely impressive, but what’s most mind-blowing is their performance against top NBA competitors. Wins against top 10 opponents is normally a great indicator of how talented a team really is. The Warriors also went on to post a record of 21 and 2 against top 10 teams.  
Offensively, the team is out of this world. The team absolutely shattered the most three-pointers in a season by 144 made threes, making a total of 1,077, over 400 of which have come from MVP candidate Stephen Curry. Curry’s individual numbers are on par with the numbers in Jordan’s best season. Below is a comparison of the two.
Jordan’s 1995-96 season. PPG – 30.4, APG – 4.3, RPG – 6.6, SPG – 2.2, Field-goal percentage  – 49.5. All on 37.7 minutes per game.
Curry’s 2015-16 season.  PPG – 30.1, APG – 6.7, RPG – 5.4, SPG – 2.1, Field-goal percentage  50.4. All on 34.2 minutes per game.
Beyond Curry’s outstanding shooting performance this year, Draymond Green has been a triple-double machine. His high-motor and intense energy has been at the heart and soul of the Warriors’ success. While many reporters and personalities call Steph Curry the MVP of the NBA, the same people are quick to label Curry as the best player, and Green as the MVP of the Warriors. Moving into the postseason, the Warriors look like the strongest team.
Wing players like Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, and Shaun Livingston are also vital to the championship picture. With well-rounded offensive skill sets and extreme length and height, these players make for great two-way players. Defensively, having these long and agile players makes for a difficult team defense to break down. Add in big-man and rim protector Andrew Bogut, and the Warriors have the ability to use a variety of different defensive matchups.
The Warriors (#1 seed) are now set to face off against the Houston Rockets (#8 seed) in the NBA playoffs. Last season, the Rockets pushed the Warriors to six games, but after a tough season, the Warriors should dismantle the Rockets in no more than five games.
On the April 16 matchup, the Warriors cruised by James Harden and company for a 104-78 victory. Game two of the matchup is scheduled for April 18 at 10:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena. 
Following the game, the Warriors will travel out to Houston for Game three and fpur at the Rockets’ home court at the Toyota Center. Game three is April 21 at 9:30 p.m.