One more game.
The Golden State Warriors edged closer to history on Sunday, beating the Spurs—in San Antonio, no less—to earn their 72nd victory of the regular season. The 92-86 win tied the single-season record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with one game left on the schedule for Golden State.
The Warriors have tied the 1995-96 Bulls' record for the most wins in a season. pic.twitter.com/nXxUC10O8r
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 11, 2016
Now, all that stands between the Warriors and being the best NBA regular season team of all time are the Memphis Grizzlies.
The two teams will face off at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday night as the Warriors try and break the record. The Grizzlies gave the Warriors a tough test the last time the two teams played—Golden State eked out a 100-99 win Saturday in Memphis—and now the team has the chance to do it again.
The Warriors have already locked up the top seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs, which technically renders the game against the Grizzlies meaningless as far as the postseason is concerned. But don’t tell that to forward Draymond Green.
"We can get to 73," forward Draymond Green told the Associated Press.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points against San Antonio, while Green had 11 points and four rebounds. Curry made some nifty plays against the Spurs, including an assist to Klay Thompson that helped push Golden State’s lead to nine with five minutes remaining in the game. Take a look:
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 11, 2016
The win against the Spurs was not only significant for tying the Bulls record; it also marked the first time that Golden State has won in San Antonio since 1997, a streak of 33 games. The Warriors also stopped the Spurs from becoming the first team to go through an entire regular season undefeated at home.
So will the Warriors set the record? The folks at FiveThirtyEight.com give the team a 93 percent chance of getting to 73. We'll see at game time.