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Golden State Warriors’ Title Caps Historically Great Season

For the Golden State Warriors, the 2014-15 NBA title was a fitting conclusion to one of the great seasons in league history.

The Warriors finished the regular season with a 67-15 record, becoming one of only 10 teams to ever win 67 games.  Their .817 winning percentage tied for the sixth highest of all time.  Golden State also went 39-2 at Oracle Arena, equaling the second best home record ever (the 1985-86 Boston Celtics were 40-1).

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Including their 16 playoff victories, the Warriors’ total of 83 wins ranks No. 3 all time:

Golden State outscored its opponents by an average of 10.1 points per game this year.  To put that in perspective, the Los Angeles Clippers had the league’s second-highest point differential at plus-6.6.  The Warriors are just the eighth club in NBA history to post a margin of victory greater than 10 points per game.

Midway through Golden State’s Finals-clinching win in Game 6, ESPN Stats & Info sent out this tweet:

As impressive as it is to never blow a 15-point lead over 58 consecutive games, the even greater feat may be the fact that Warriors built so many large advantages to begin with–they led by 15 or more in 70 percent of their victories (58 of 83) and 56 percent of their games overall (58 of 103).

League MVP Stephen Curry also logged several historical accomplishments of his own.  He became just the sixth point guard ever to win the award, while joining Bob Cousy and Magic Johnson as the only point guard MVPs to capture a championship in the same season.

Curry knocked down 286 three-pointers during the regular season, breaking his own record of 272 from two year earlier.  In the playoffs Curry connected on 98 long-range attempts, shattering Reggie Miller’s record of 58 in a single postseason.

Curry and the Warriors pulled off one other rather spectacular achievement on the road to winning it all:

The 2014-15 Golden State Warriors weren’t the best team ever, but they deserve to be mentioned in the conversation.