Breaking Records?


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Brooke Gagnon, Photojournalist

The record for the most wins in an NBA regular season is 72 games. This was achieved by the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls time, who accomplished what no team had done before or since – winning 70 games and finishing the season with a history making 72-10 record.


Winning 18 games in a row in one stretch, the Bulls also led the league in scoring at 105.2 points per game and were third in defense at 92.9 points per game for a spectacular +12.1 point differential. They only lost two home games all season and won more roads games (33) than any team in NBA history. In the playoffs, the only lost one game on their road to the championship. They swept Miami, beat New York in five, and swept Orlando. The Bulls beat the Seattle SuperSonics 4-2 to win the Finals. They closed out the series with an 87-75 win in Game 6.


The 95-96 Bulls team has often been referred to as “The Dream Team;” however, this year’s Golden State Warriors are primed to break this long lasting win record. On Wednesday, the Warriors have a chance to finish the season with 73 wins. The Warriors already tied the Bulls’ record on Sunday, April 10th, when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs 92-86. This marked their 72nd win, and the first time the Warriors have won at the AT&T Center in San Antonio since 1997. Now, on Wednesday, in the final game of the regular NBA season, the Warriors face the Memphis Grizzlies for a chance to cement themselves in the record books and in sports history forever (NBA).


This year, the Golden State warriors started with a 24-0 run, part of a 28 game win streak that stretched back to last year’s season, before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks on the road. This season, the Warriors are ranked first in points per game, with 114.8, fourth in rebounds per game, with 46.1, and first in assists per game, with 28.9. They also have a +10.6 point differential, outscoring their opponents by 11 points per game. The Warriors take on the Grizzlies at 7:30 P.M. at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Basketball player Matt Bell (11) stated that “It’s insane how the Warriors actually have a chance to set a new record. With Steph Curry leading the way, the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors could be better than the 95-96 Bulls.” Regardless of the result on Wednesday, the Warriors have already secured themselves a spot in the record books by tying the 72 game win record.