An 82-game grind of a regular season came to close Wednesday night and it’s official: The Golden State Warriors are the most successful regular season team in NBA history. With a 125-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Coach Steve Kerr’s squad improved to 73-9, surpassing the all-time single-season wins record set by the Michael Jordan-led 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Much has been made about Golden State’s mind-bending campaign, which included the breaking of myriad franchise and NBA records, but there are three eye-popping statistics that seem to defy all logic.
Steph Curry made 400 three-pointers this season
From the outset, it was clear: Curry — the reigning MVP and soon-to-be back-to-back winner — would be torching the nets, and there was nothing Memphis Coach Dave Joerger could do about it.
With 10 three-pointers in an appropriately absurd, 46-point season finale, Curry finished the regular season with 402 three-pointers. He re-broke his own record (286, set last season) in February. In the three-point era (1979-80 through the present), a team failed to tally a combined 400 three-pointers over the course of an entire season 559 times.
Consider this: Over the past two seasons, Curry has made 688 three-pointers, more than Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas each had during their entire careers. Each of them played 13 seasons in the NBA.
He holds the three best seasons in league history for three-pointers made, has netted a shot from beyond 24 feet in an NBA-record 152 consecutive games and is tied for the NBA record in single-game three-pointers made (12).
The Warriors are the greatest shooting team ever assembled
Golden State entered Wednesday touting an effective field goal percentage — which takes into account two-point and three-point field goals — of 56.3, which, according to ESPN, is the highest ever.
Golden State’s offense finds the open man
As Ian Begley noted, Golden State amassed 30 or more assists 43 times this season. No other team during the past 30 seasons can say the same.
It’s no surprise that liberal ball movement is a key component of how the offense flows, and Golden State fires 323 passes per game to show for it, the seventh most of any team. A league-leading 64.1 percent of the team’s shots are taken fewer than two seconds after the player receives the ball, because they are often quite open when they come into contact with the ball.
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