Stephen Curry scored 46 points, hitting his 400th three-pointer of the season along the way, as the Golden State Warriors closed the 2015-16 NBA regular season with a flourish Wednesday night, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 125-104, to clinch the best-single season record in pro basketball history.
Golden State finished the regular season with a record of 73-9, besting the previous record, the 72-10 mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Those Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and featuring current Warriors coach Steve Kerr, went on to win the first of three consecutive championships. The Warriors will try to win back-to-back championships later this year.
Curry, the odds-on favorite to win his second straight MVP award, finished the season with 402 made three-pointers, breaking his own record by 116.
When the final buzzer sounded, Draymond Green (11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) bounded onto the floor and grabbed the game ball as confetti streamed down and "73 WINS" appeared on the scoreboard.
The Warriors went for it, all right. They absolutely wanted this record, even when they could have been resting up for the next challenge: to repeat. And Curry? No doubt about it. He came out and did what he has all along during this sensational season: Let it fly from anywhere on the floor.
Curry had seven 3-pointers by halftime, then hit No. 400 just 43 seconds into the third.
Already the first player to make 300 3-pointers in a season, he knocked down six in the first quarter and three straight during one jaw-dropping stretch that included a 31-footer well behind the top of the arc. And Curry immediately began trending on Twitter.
Curry shattered his own single-season record of 286 from a year ago. When he hit his 400th, the reigning MVP raised his arms and patted his chest in celebration.
He made 10 of 19 3-pointers and shot 15 for 24 overall to go with six assists as fans chanted "M-V-P! M-V-P!" all evening. Klay Thompson added 16 points with four 3s of his own before Curry rested the fourth quarter and Thompson most of it.
For all of those so-called experts who doubted the Warriors' first championship in 40 years last June that didn't go through San Antonio, this season might have changed their tune.
Golden State not only won nearly every night with a cool swagger and new focus on the offensive end but with a determination to be far better than during that special season.
From Day 1, Kerr challenged the Warriors to make big strides.
Already the Western Conference's No. 1 seed heading into this weekend's playoffs, Golden State had to get past the very Memphis team the Warriors squeaked by 100-99 four days earlier on the Grizzlies' home floor to keep themselves in position to make history.
The Warriors whipped the Grizzlies 119-69 at home back on Nov. 2, with the 50-point win the third-largest margin of victory in franchise history.
No champagne celebrations were planned for this focused bunch.
"Absolutely not. You've got to save that `til June. I mean you might have a glass of wine after the game but that's about it," Thompson said. "This record doesn't mean a thing if we don't take care of business in the postseason."
Kerr missed his team's 24-0 start and the first 43 games overall -- Luke Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record in Kerr's absence -- while dealing with complications following two back surgeries.
The Warriors had their NBA-record 54-game home winning streak in the regular season snapped in an April 1 loss to Boston at Oracle. Golden State finished 39-2 at home for the second straight year.
Zach Randolph scored 24 points to lead Memphis, which lost its fourth in a row to end the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.