Ever since they obliterated the record for best start to a season by opening 24-0, "73" has seemed like a real possibility for the Golden State Warriors.
After beating the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night to improve to 67-7, it seems more like an inevitability for a team that now must go just 6-2 to break the Chicago Bulls' record for most wins in a season. After all, the Warriors have gone at least 6-2 in every eight-game stretch of 2015-16.
Golden State joined the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Bulls as the only teams to win at least 67 games in consecutive seasons, and became only the 11th team to reach 67 on Tuesday. That hallowed territory also belongs to Wilt Chamberlain's 1966-67 76ers, Jerry West's 1971-72 Lakers, Larry Bird's 1985-86 Celtics and the Kobe Bryant/Shaquille O'Neal 1999-00 Lakers, yet it's a mark the Warriors have reached with eight games still to go.
The pursuit of 73 is the biggest number the Warriors will be chasing, but they have several accomplishments to check off during the final eight games of the regular season besides that:
- Can become the first team to go 41-0 at home or join the 1985-86 Celtics as the only teams to go 40-1 (of course, the San Antonio Spurs can also finish 41-0 this season). The Warriors would need to win out at home to accomplish this feat.
- Can set the record for road wins in a season by winning their remaining three away from Oracle. The 1995-96 Bulls hold that record with 33 road victories.
- Can set the record for most wins in a two-season span by finishing 8-0. That would push them past the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Bulls, who won 141 games in that time.
- Along with the Spurs, they can become the first teams in NBA history to go an entire regular season without losing consecutive games.
- The Warriors have already broken the record for most 3-pointers made in a season. They need to made only 37 more (4.6 per game) to become the first team to make 1,000 in a season.
- The Warriors are 19-1 against the top 10 teams by win percentage. The best win percentage in NBA history against the top 10 teams, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was set by the 1985-86 Celtics, who went 27-5 (.844).
- Stephen Curry's 32.8 PER entering the night is within a rounding error of the best single-season PER in NBA history set by Chamberlain in 1962-63.