Today in Sports History: April 13

On April 13, 2016, Stephen Curry led the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors to their record-breaking 73rd win of the 2015-16 regular season, as they blew out the Memphis Grizzlies, 125-104. Curry finished the game with 46 points, shooting 15/24 from the field, and 10/19 from three-point range. His eighth three-pointer of the evening marked Curry’s 400th of the season. This cemented Curry as the first and only player ever to knock down 400 + three-pointers in a single NBA regular season. Curry won his second consecutive league MVP award in 2015-16, while becoming the first-ever unanimous MVP. He led the league in scoring during the regular season, averaging 30.1 points per game, while shooting over 50% from the field, over 40% from three-point range, and over 90% from the free-throw line. He also led the league in steals, averaging 2.1 per game. 

In spite of a historic regular season for the Warriors and historic MVP season for Curry, they failed to defend their crown during their 2016 playoff run. After the Warriors dramatically came back from a 3-1 series deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, they ironically became the first team in NBA Finals history to blow a 3-1 series lead. Their Finals opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, crushed their hearts in a hardwood classic Game 7, highlighted by LeBron James’ iconic clutch chase-down block of an Andre Iguodala breakaway layup and an iconic clutch Kyrie Irving go-ahead three-point basket. This was surely one of the most compelling NBA Finals Game 7s of all-time, as LeBron James’ triple-double performance triumphantly led Cleveland to their first-ever NBA title. 

In the summer of 2016, the Warriors would sign four-time scoring champion and 2013-14 MVP Kevin Durant to join forces with Curry and the rest of the squad that had set the record for most wins in an NBA regular season in 2015-16. It was a free agent signing that would shock the NBA, considering that Durant was one of the two megastars on the Thunder squad that had just blown a 3-1 Western Conference Finals series lead to Curry and the Warriors. Durant, Curry, and the Warriors would capture the NBA championship the next two seasons: 2016-17 and 2017-18.

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