April 14, 2016 – 3:42 am
by Zach Rastall
Christina House/Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2016: A night that deserves to live on forever in NBA lore.
Kobe Bryant played the final game of his Hall of Fame career, the Golden State Warriors surpassed the 1995-’96 Chicago Bulls with their 73rd win, Steph Curry became the first player in NBA history to make 400 3-pointers in a single season and Duje Dukan made his highly-anticipated debut for the Sacramento Kings.
There was plenty going on in the world of sports on Wednesday. The second week of the MLB season is in full swing and the NHL postseason got underway, which included a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory for the St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks (called by the incomparable Doc Emrick).
But make no mistake: The night belonged to the NBA.
In Oakland, the Curry and the Warriors continued their pursuit of 73 wins against the Memphis Grizzlies. They had little issue with the Grizzlies, cruising to a textbook 125-104 victory to reach 73-9.
And as if that astonishing team accomplishment wasn’t enough, Curry made a little individual history of his own.
Curry finished the night with 46 points on 15-of-24 shooting, including going 10 of 19 from 3-point range. More importantly, that meant he finished the season with a jaw-dropping 402 3-pointers made. To put that into perspective, the previous record, set last season by Curry, was 286. At this point, we’ve all become at least a little numb to his awe-inspiring greatness, but that stat should completely boggle your mind. Curry broke last year’s record back in late February, giving him another month and a half to thoroughly shatter his previous mark. No other player in NBA history had reached 300 3-pointers in a single season. Curry surpassed 400.