The Golden State Warriors have made NBA history, recording their 73rd victory of the season by beating Memphis Grizzlies at the Oracle Arena. The defending NBA champions won 125-104 in Oakland, thereby surpassing the previous record of 72 victories set by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was a reserve guard with the Bulls in 1996, hailed the achievement and admitted he never thought the record would be broken. "It's a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season," he said, according to The Guardian. "I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken."
The new landmark was also hailed by US President Barack Obama, who took to Twitter to offer his own congratulations. "Congrats to the @Warriors, a great group of guys on and off the court. If somebody had to break the Bulls' record, I'm glad it's them," he wrote.
The game in Oakland also saw Golden State's star player Steph Curry break another NBA record, as he became the first man in the league's history to net more than 400 three-pointers in a season. Curry, 28, scored 10 three-pointers to take his tally for the current campaign to 402.