On the final night of the NBA regular season, it was only fitting that two huge games televised by ESPN capped off a historic and memorable 2015-16 season. It was the final appearance on the court for Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, and he didn’t disappoint the fans, dropping a total of 60 points on the night to help his team win. Many miles across the state of California, Golden State’s Stephen Curry was able to knock down his 400th three-point shot of the season, to add to his already record-setting total, according to USA Today. Meanwhile, his Warriors finally eclipsed that 72-10 Chicago Bulls season record that everyone’s been talking about, making it an epic night all around for professional basketball.
As reported on April 14 via the Los Angeles Times, Kobe scored a game-high 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting in his grand finale at the Staples Center to help his Lakers get a comeback win 101-96 over the Utah Jazz. It seemed an appropriate sendoff for the “Black Mamba,” who would be surrounded and congratulated by many of his former Lakers’ teammates post-game. Kobe then delivered a speech to the fans thanking them for their support over his 20 years spent playing for the franchise and even joked how funny it was to him that all his career he’d been hearing how he needed to pass the ball more yet tonight it seemed everyone was saying “don’t pass.” He also noted how unbelievable it was at how quickly 20 years passed by calling it “absolutely crazy.” Over the course of his superstar career he notched five championships, numerous individual awards and two Olympic gold medals.
Speaking of championships, the Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat when it comes to this postseason, which starts on Saturday. On Wednesday evening as Kobe was willing his way to 60 and a Lakers win, reigning MVP Stephen Curry was knocking down his 400th three-point shot of the season. It added to his already record-high to extend his stretch to what seemed like an unreachable statistic. The Golden State All-Star who seems on track for a second-straight MVP award hit 10 three-point shots for the game. Curry scored a total of 46 in the final regular season game and the Warriors topped Memphis 125-104, which also gave them their record-setting 73rd win of the season, according to ESPN.com.
The Warriors now hold the all-time single season record for wins with 73, surpassing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls total of 72. That Bulls team also went on to win the NBA Championship and included current Warriors coach Steve Kerr who now was part of both record-setting teams. He and his team will have their sights set on reaching a second-straight NBA Title, with their first round matchup James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The Warriors will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs giving them the edge in most series, with the San Antonio Spurs continuing to look like their toughest challenge.
Both Kobe Bryant’s final Lakers game as well as the Warriors NBA record 73rd win, were televised on the ESPN networks Wednesday night during the 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time slot. The Warriors game was shown on the ESPN channel, while the Lakers game was shown on ESPN2. The NBA Playoffs will soon begin on television with several different networks covering games including ABC and TNT this coming Saturday.