STEPHEN Curry led the Golden State Warriors to its 72nd win of the season, tying the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the most in a regular season.
The reigning MVP finished with 37 points, as the Warriors picked up the 92-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs; the first win by an opponent at San Antonio’s AT&T Center, this season.
The Chicago Bulls were the only team in NBA history to win 72 games in a regular season — achieving a 72-10 record during the 1995-96 season — with the Warriors joining that historic team, with one game to spare.
With one game remaining in the regular season — Thursday’s (AEST) matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies — the Warriors have the opportunity to improve to an unprecedented 73-9 record; a record that would be the greatest in the history of the NBA.
With the loss, the Spurs dropped to 39-1 on the season, eliminating any chance to be the first team in NBA history to finish the season without dropping a game at home.
Coming off a tight win over the Grizzlies, the Warriors had a quick turnover, and it showed as they came out to a slow start.
Kawhi Leonard came out of the gates quickly, scoring the Spurs’ first five points of the game, as the home team quickly looked to be on the front foot.
After struggling in the previous game, Stephen Curry looked more aggressive on the offensive end, opening the second quarter with a basket, before hitting Shaun Livingston for an open dunk; keeping the Warriors close.
The Spurs, who currently sit on a 39-0 home record, will be hoping to remain perfect at AT&T Center, while a Warriors win would see the team tie an NBA record for wins in a regular season.
The Warriors finished the second period with a 15-8 run, tying the game at 35 apiece heading into the main break.
Curry continued to dominate the offensive end as he entered the second half, scoring 16 points in the period as the Warriors managed to get back to their usual fast paced style of play.
However, the Spurs managed to keep the came close; a Kevin Martin three-pointer cutting the Warriors’ lead to just 62-61 heading into the final frame.
As expected, Curry managed to hit a shot from beyond half-court, but it was ruled that the attempt came just after the buzzer.
The fourth quarter opened with an individual 5-0 run from Harrison Barnes, extending the Warriors’ lead to 68-65 early in the period.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s signature mid-range game kept the Spurs in the game, but Curry, along with Klay Thompson, managed to stay in rhthym; not letting San Antonio cut too deep into the Warriors lead.
History isn’t on the Warriors’ side entering the game. Golden State has lost 32 games in a row in San Antonio, having not beaten the Spurs in San Antonio since February 14, 1997, when Stephen Curry was eight years old.