Sunday night the Golden State Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-105 to move to 66-7 on the season, becoming only the fifteenth team in NBA history to reach 66 wins. Their magic number to clinch the number one seed in the west is five. The Warriors need any combination of five wins or losses by the San Antonio Spurs who are hot on their tail, but with the way the dubs are rolling they should have no issues locking in the top spot. In order to break the record for most wins in a season they have to go 7-2 the rest of the way, or 6-3 to tie.
Tonight was relatively pedestrian for Stephen Curry who had 20 points, but his splash brother Klay Thompson was on fire shooting 7-14 on three-pointers. Sunday marked back-to-back 40 point games for Klay, the 1st Warriors player not named Steph Curry to do it since Antawn Jamison in 2000. Thompson is heating up right before the playoffs and is reminding everyone he’s the second-best shooter in the game.
Other Warriors made easy work of the 76ers as well. Draymond Green earned his league’s second-best 12th triple-double of the season, three behind Russell Westbrook who leads the league. He had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Mo speights was big off the bench for the Warriors scoring 17 points on 7-10 shooting including 2-3 on threes in 20 minutes.
The Warriors’ lowest percent chance to win any of their final games is 60% at home against San Antonio and they have over a 75% chance to win every other game they play. Even if they were to fall to the Spurs twice they would still have good chances of beating the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72 win record that everyone is waiting to be broken.