The 70th season of the NBA is now officially in the books and what a season it was! From records being broken to franchises having their most successful seasons to date; from legends retiring to cities celebrating their first championship since Lyndon B. Johnson was president, this NBA season was definitely one for the ages. As difficult as it may be, I will count down the top ten defining moments from this incredible season.
10. The Golden State Warriors overcome a 3-1 deficit to reach the NBA Finals.
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The Golden State Warriors had been setting records and exceeding expectations all season long, but perhaps their best showing of dominance became most apparent when they looked to be most vulnerable. The Warriors not only lost Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder to go down 1-3, but lost the two games by a combined 52 points! Just when the Warriors looked to be completely out and it seemed like their record season would all be for nothing, they showed the true heart and will of a champion and won three straight to become just the 10th team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and win the series.
9. Stephen Curry ties the record for most three pointers made in a game.
In what can be easily classified as one of the best games of the season, the Warriors completed a come-from-behind win in overtime over the Thunder. What made this win significant is the fact that Stephen Curry not only made the game-winning three pointer with just 0.6 seconds left on the clock, but that shot made him the third player in NBA history to make 12 three pointers in a single game. The other two were Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
8. Russell Westbrook ties the record for most triple-doubles in a season since the NBA-ABA merger.
Russell Westbrook has been dropping triple-doubles like no one’s business over the past couple seasons. It reached a point where many may have been surprised in the games where Westbrook didn’t record the triple-double. A deadly barrage of scores, boards, and helpers allowed Westbrook tie a 34-year record originally set by Magic Johnson during the 1981-82 season with an incredibly impressive 18 triple-doubles!
7. The Golden State Warriors set the mark for the longest undefeated start to a season in NBA history.
The record for the best undefeated start to a season was 15-0, set by both the 1948-49 Washington Capitals and 1993-94 Houston Rockets. After going 16-0, the Warriors shattered their previous records, starting the season with an unprecedented and dominating 24-0 record, going undefeated for the first seven-and-a-half weeks of the season.