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2015–16 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 27, 2015 – April 13, 2016
April 16, 2016 – May 30, 2016 (Playoffs)
June 2, 2016 – June 19, 2016 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns
Picked by Minnesota Timberwolves
Regular season
Top seed Golden State Warriors
Season MVP Stephen Curry (Golden State)
Top scorer Stephen Curry (Golden State)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Cleveland Cavaliers
  Eastern runners-up Toronto Raptors
Western champions Golden State Warriors
  Western runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder
Finals
Champions Cleveland Cavaliers
  Runners-up Golden State Warriors
Finals MVP Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
NBA seasons

The 2015–16 NBA season was the 70th season of the National Basketball Association. The regular season began on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, with their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 14, 2016. The regular season ended on April 13, 2016. The playoffs started on April 16, 2016 and ended with the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016, with the Cleveland Cavaliers becoming NBA Champions for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

Transactions[edit]

Retirement[edit]

  • On June 18, 2015, Shawn Marion officially announced his retirement after playing 16 seasons, winning an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.[1]
  • On June 23, 2015, Andrei Kirilenko officially announced his retirement after playing 13 seasons in the NBA.[2]
  • On July 2, 2015, Kenyon Martin officially announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the NBA.[3]
  • On July 22, 2015, Stephen Jackson officially announced his retirement after playing 14 seasons, winning an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.[4]
  • On August 11, 2015, Elton Brand officially announced his retirement after playing 16 seasons in the NBA.[5] On January 4, 2016 he returned to play for Philadelphia 76ers.[6]
  • On September 23, 2015, Jason Richardson officially announced his retirement after playing 14 seasons in the NBA.[7]
  • On November 13, 2015, Hedo Türkoğlu officially announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the NBA.[8]
  • On November 29, 2015, Kobe Bryant officially announced that the 2015–16 season will be his last after playing 20 seasons, winning five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.[9] Bryant ended his career with a season-high 60 points in his final career game against the Utah Jazz.[10]

Free Agency[edit]

Free agency negotiations began on Friday, July 1, 2015 while players will begin to sign starting on July 7, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes[edit]

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team 2014–15 season 2015–16 season
Oklahoma City Thunder Scott Brooks Billy Donovan
New Orleans Pelicans Monty Williams Alvin Gentry
Chicago Bulls Tom Thibodeau Fred Hoiberg
Orlando Magic James Borrego (interim) Scott Skiles
Denver Nuggets Melvin Hunt (interim) Michael Malone
Minnesota Timberwolves Flip Saunders (died) Sam Mitchell
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Houston Rockets Kevin McHale J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)
Brooklyn Nets Lionel Hollins Tony Brown (interim)
Cleveland Cavaliers David Blatt Tyronn Lue
Phoenix Suns Jeff Hornacek Earl Watson
New York Knicks Derek Fisher Kurt Rambis (interim)

Off-season[edit]

In-season[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason began on Friday, October 2, 2015 and ended on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season began on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, who hosted a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8:00 p.m. EDT, then the Atlanta Hawks hosted the Detroit Pistons at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Finally, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosted the New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30 p.m. EDT at the Oracle Arena. Christmas Day games were played on Friday, December 25, 2015. The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The schedule was released at 6:00 p.m. EDT on August 12, 2015.[31]

Standings[edit]

By division[edit]

By conference[edit]

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • * – Division leader

Tiebreakers[edit]

Eastern Conference
  • Miami won the Southeast Division over Atlanta and Charlotte, and therefore clinched the #3 seed, by having the best record of the three teams in games against each other (5–3 record vs. ATL & CHA).
  • Atlanta, Boston, and Charlotte were seeded based on record in games against each other (ATL: 6–2 | BOS: 3–4 | CHA: 2–5).
Western Conference
  • Dallas clinched #6 seed over Memphis based on head-to-head record (3–1).
  • Sacramento finished ahead of Denver based on head-to-head record (3–0).

Playoffs[edit]

The 2016 NBA playoffs began on Saturday, April 16, 2016 and ended with the 2016 NBA Finals which began on June 2, 2016 and ended on June 19, 2016 on ABC. ESPN broadcast the Eastern Conference Finals and TNT broadcast the Western Conference Finals. ABC broadcast the NBA Finals.

Bracket[edit]

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Cleveland* 4  
E8 Detroit 0  
  E1 Cleveland* 4  
  E4 Atlanta 0  
E4 Atlanta 4
E5 Boston 2  
  E1 Cleveland* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Toronto* 2  
E3 Miami* 4  
E6 Charlotte 3  
  E3 Miami* 3
  E2 Toronto* 4  
E2 Toronto* 4
E7 Indiana 3  
  E1 Cleveland* 4
  W1 Golden State* 3
W1 Golden State* 4  
W8 Houston 1  
  W1 Golden State* 4
  W5 Portland 1  
W4 LA Clippers 2
W5 Portland 4  
  W1 Golden State* 4
Western Conference
  W3 Oklahoma City* 3  
W3 Oklahoma City* 4  
W6 Dallas 1  
  W3 Oklahoma City* 4
  W2 San Antonio* 2  
W2 San Antonio* 4
W7 Memphis 0  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Statistics[edit]

Individual statistic leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 30.1
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 14.8
Assists per game Rajon Rondo Sacramento Kings 11.7
Steals per game Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 2.14
Blocks per game Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 3.68
Turnovers per game James Harden Houston Rockets 4.6
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 3.6
Minutes per game James Harden Houston Rockets 38.1
FG% DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 70.3%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 90.8%
3FG% Troy Daniels Charlotte Hornets 48.4%
Efficiency per game Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 31.56
Double-doubles Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 66
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 18

Individual game highs[edit]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 60
Rebounds Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 29
Assists Rajon Rondo Sacramento Kings 20
Steals Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers 8
Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves
Pablo Prigioni Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden Houston Rockets
Blocks Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 11
Three Pointers Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 12

Team statistic leaders[edit]

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Golden State Warriors 114.9
Rebounds per game Oklahoma City Thunder 48.6
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 28.9
Steals per game Houston Rockets 10.0
Blocks per game Miami Heat 6.5
Turnovers per game Phoenix Suns 16.6
FG% Golden State Warriors 48.7%
FT% New York Knicks 80.5%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 41.6%
+/− Golden State Warriors 10.8

Awards[edit]

Yearly Awards[edit]

Players of the Week[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01Oct. 27 – Nov. 1 Drummond, AndreAndre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) (1/2) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/5) [45]
02Nov. 2–8 Drummond, AndreAndre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) (2/2) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [46]
03Nov. 9–15 Batum, NicolasNicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Cousins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) (1/2) [47]
04Nov. 16–22 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/5) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/5) [48]
05Nov. 23–29 George, PaulPaul George (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/5) [49]
06Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson (Detroit Pistons) (1/2) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (3/5) [50]
07Dec. 7–13 DeRozan, DeMarDeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/5) [51]
08Dec. 14–20 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson (Detroit Pistons) (2/2) Leonard, KawhiKawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) [52]
09Dec. 21–27 Gortat, MarcinMarcin Gortat (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [53]
10Dec. 28 – Jan. 3 Lopez, BrookBrook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Green, DraymondDraymond Green (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [54]
11Jan. 4–10 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/5) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [55]
12Jan. 11–17 Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/5) [56]
13Jan. 18–24 Walker, KembaKemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) (1/2) Cousins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) (2/2) [57]
14Jan. 25–31 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (4/5) [58]
15Feb. 1–7 Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [59]
18Feb. 22–28 Lowry, KyleKyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/2) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (4/5) [60]
19Feb. 29 – Mar. 6 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/5) Leonard, KawhiKawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) [61]
20Mar. 7–13 Walker, KembaKemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) (2/2) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (5/5) [62]
21Mar. 14–20 Lowry, KyleKyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (2/2) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (5/5) [63]
22Mar. 21–27 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/5) Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [64]
23Mar. 28 – Apr. 3 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (5/5) Barea, José JuanJosé Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [65]
24Apr. 4–10 Millsap, PaulPaul Millsap (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [66]

Players of the Month[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01October/November George, PaulPaul George (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [67]
02December Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2)
Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2)
[68]
03January Lowry, KyleKyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1)
DeRozan, DeMarDeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/1)
Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [69]
04February James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [70]
05March James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [71]
05April James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [72]

Rookies of the Month[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01October/November Porziņģis, KristapsKristaps Porziņģis (New York Knicks) (1/3) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/6) [73]
02December Porziņģis, KristapsKristaps Porziņģis (New York Knicks) (2/3) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (2/6) [74]
03January Porziņģis, KristapsKristaps Porziņģis (New York Knicks) (3/3) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (3/6) [75]
04February Turner, MylesMyles Turner (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (4/6) [76]
05March Richardson, JoshJosh Richardson (Miami Heat) (1/1) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (5/6) [77]
05April Powell, NormanNorman Powell (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (6/6) [78]

Coaches of the Month[edit]

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01October/November Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Walton, LukeLuke Walton (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [79]
02December Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [80]
03January Casey, DwaneDwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/2) [81]
04February Stevens, BradBrad Stevens (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [82]
05March Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [83]
05April McMillan, NateNate McMillan (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) (2/2) [84]

Media[edit]

This will be the eighth and final year of the current TV contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV before the new nine-year contracts begin in 2016.

ABC announced that they would be adding games on Saturday nights followed by NBA Sunday Showcase as well as continuing their games on Sunday afternoons. The first Saturday night game was Saturday, January 23, 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Chicago Bulls.[85]

Arenas[edit]

Uniforms[edit]

On-court sponsors[edit]

The following teams placed on-court advertisements for this season:[citation needed]

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • The NBA confirmed that beginning this season, the format for allowing teams to enter the playoffs would change to allow the best eight teams in the Western and Eastern Conferences to enter based on records alone, regardless of who wins their divisions in their conferences. As a result, the tiebreaker stages were adjusted to accommodate those changes as well. Ironically, in 2015–16, the top three teams from both conferences wound up winning their top respective seeds and won their respective divisions for the first year that this new rule took effect.
  • For the first time in franchise history, the Minnesota Timberwolves entered an NBA draft with the first overall draft pick. The Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns, who is the first #1 selection to come out of the Dominican Republic. The team also had three straight #1 draft selections on the same team, with Towns joining both Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins at one point. However, Bennett agreed to a buyout with the Timberwolves before the season began, on September 23, 2015.
  • The Houston Rockets became the first team in league history to start off a season with three straight losses of at least 20 points each.
  • On November 1, 2015, the San Antonio Spurs’ trio (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili) achieved their 541st regular season win, surpassing the all-time mark attained by Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale with the Boston Celtics between 1981 and 1992. Coincidentally, the Spurs’ trio milestone was accomplished in a game against the Celtics played at the TD Garden. Tim Duncan scored his 26,000th career point during the game.
  • On November 2, 2015, LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the youngest player to score 25,000 career points at 30 years, 307 days during the fourth quarter in a road victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. He also became the 20th player in league history to reach the 25,000 point milestone.
  • On November 2, 2015, Tim Duncan achieved his 954th victory with the San Antonio Spurs in a 94–84 win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, thus becoming the player with the most wins with a single team.
  • On November 7, 2015, Tim Duncan played in his 1,336th career game, moving him into 10th place on the all-time career games played list, surpassing Gary Payton.
  • On November 11, 2015, Tim Duncan moved to 7th on the all-time career rebounding list, surpassing Boston Celtics member Robert Parish.
  • On November 14, 2015, Tim Duncan moved to 5th on the all-time career blocks list, surpassing former teammate and Hall of Famer David Robinson. Coincidentally, his teammate Tony Parker also became the 34th player to hit the 6,000 career assist mark.
  • On November 15, 2015, Kevin Garnett became the fifth player in league history to play over 50,000 minutes throughout his tenure. He also surpassed Elvin Hayes as the fourth-most played player in league history. He would achieve that mark by playing 23 minutes in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • On November 17, 2015, LeBron James surpassed Jerry West during the first quarter of a loss to the Detroit Pistons as the league's 19th highest scorer of all-time.
  • On November 21, 2015, Dwyane Wade surpassed both Dale Ellis and Reggie Theus to become the league's 49th highest scorer of all-time. He overtook Ellis’ spot by making a free-throw late in the second quarter in a home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, and later surpassed Theus’ spot by making two free-throws in the middle of the fourth quarter in the same game.
  • On November 23, 2015, LeBron James moved to 25th on the all-time career assists list, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to be in the top 25 in both career points and assists.
  • On November 24, 2015, the Golden State Warriors set the NBA record for the longest winning streak to start out the regular season with a 16–0 record following a win against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors would eventually start the season with a 24–1 record after getting their first loss on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 12, 2015, ending their longest winning streak ever at 28 games between two seasons of regular season play.
  • On November 29, 2015, Kobe Bryant announced he would retire after the end of the season. During twenty seasons, Bryant won five NBA championships, one season MVP award, and was selected to the All-Star Game seventeen times.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers became the first team in league history to start out multiple seasons in a row with 0–17 records. They also ended up breaking the NBA record for longest losing streak with their 28 straight loss and tied the 2009–10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start to a season in league history before getting their first victory of the season on December 1, 2015 at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On November 30, 2015, Dirk Nowitzki made his 10,000th career field goal in a loss to the Kings, becoming just the 13th player in NBA history to achieve that milestone.
  • On December 1, 2015, Kevin Garnett would overtake point guard and current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as the third-most played player in league history by playing for 20 minutes in a close loss to the Orlando Magic.
  • The Boston Celtics played against the Sacramento Kings on December 3, 2015 at the Mexico City Arena, with the Celtics winning 114–97.
  • On December 5, 2015, Kevin Garnett scored his 26,000th career point in a loss to the Trail Blazers.
  • On December 5, 2015, Rajon Rondo recorded his 5,000th career assist in a loss to the Rockets.
  • On December 5, 2015, Pau Gasol played in his 1,000th career game in a loss to the Hornets.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks became the first team to play on an alternative court design on December 9, 2015 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • On December 9, 2015, Chris Paul recorded 18 assists in a road win against the Bucks, surpassing Tim Hardaway, Sr. for 14th on the all-time assists list.
  • On December 11, 2015, Kevin Garnett became the league's all-time leader in defensive rebounds, surpassing Karl Malone.
  • On December 16, 2015, Paul Pierce scored his 26,000th career point in a win over the Bucks .
  • On December 21, 2015, Chris Paul recorded 10 assists in a 100–99 home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, surpassing Terry Porter for thirteenth on the all-time assists list.
  • On December 23, 2015, Dirk Nowitzki surpassed Shaquille O'Neal to become the NBA's sixth-highest all-time scorer. He scored 22 points in the Dallas Mavericks’ 119–118 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets, including the game-winning lay-up.
  • On December 26, 2015, Dwight Howard scored his 15,000th career point in a loss against the Pelicans, becoming the 4th youngest player ever to amass 15,000 points and 10,000 rebounds (Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Pettit, and Moses Malone).
  • On December 28, 2015, LeBron James passed Alex English for 17th on the all-time scoring list in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns.
  • On December 31, 2015, Chris Paul recorded 12 assists in a 95–89 road win against his former team, the New Orleans Pelicans, surpassing Lenny Wilkens for 12th on the all-time assists list.
  • On January 7, 2016, Kobe Bryant scored his 33,000th career point in a loss to the Kings. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone (who, coincidentally enough, both played for the Lakers at one point) as the only NBA players to have 33,000 (or more) career points.
  • On January 13, 2016, James Harden scored his 10,000th career point in a win against the Timberwolves.
  • The Orlando Magic played against the Toronto Raptors on January 14, 2016 at The O2 Arena in London, with the Raptors winning 106–103 in overtime.
  • On January 23, 2016, Carmelo Anthony overtook Gary Payton as the league's thirtieth highest scorer of all-time in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
  • On January 25, 2016, Stephen Curry scored his 10,000th career point in a win against the Spurs. The game also marked the highest combined winning percentage between two teams, Spurs (.864) & Warriors (.909), this late in the season in NBA history.
  • On January 29, 2016, LeBron James became the youngest (17th overall) player to ever score 26,000 points in a win against the Detroit Pistons.
  • On February 3, 2016, LeBron James passed Kevin Garnett for 16th on the all-time scoring list in a loss against the Hornets.
  • On February 10, 2016, before the All-Star Weekend commenced, LeBron James surpassed Paul Pierce to become the 15th highest scoring player of all-time in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On February 21, 2016, Dirk Nowitzki became just the 6th player in NBA history to score 29,000 career points.
  • On February 22, 2016, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 102–92 to improve their overall record to 50–5, making them the fastest team to reach 50 wins in a season in NBA history.
  • On February 24, 2016, Vince Carter passed Charles Barkley for 24th on the all-time scoring list in a win against the Lakers.
  • On February 25, 2016, Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer in his 128th consecutive game, breaking Kyle Korver's NBA record of 127 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
  • On February 27, 2016, in a win against the Rockets, Tim Duncan surpassed Karl Malone for 6th on the all-time rebounds list, and also became just the fifth player in NBA history to record 3,000 career blocks.
  • On February 27, 2016, during the Golden State Warriors’ 121–118 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Stephen Curry made his 287th 3-pointer of the season, breaking his own NBA record of most 3-pointers in a single season (286) from the previous year. Curry made 12 total 3-pointers during the game, tying Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall for the most 3-pointers made by a single player in a single game in NBA history. This also made Curry the first player in NBA history to make at least ten three-pointers in two consecutive games.
  • On February 27, 2016, the Golden State Warriors became the first team of the season to clinch a playoff berth after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets. The Warriors beat out the 1985–86 Boston Celtics for the earliest clinch of a playoff berth by a team in NBA history by one calendar day. This was also the earliest a team had clinched a playoff spot in February since the 1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On March 3, 2016, the Golden State Warriors tied the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the longest regular season home game winning streak in NBA history (44 games) with a 121–106 victory at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors’ streak dated back to the previous year.
  • On March 3, 2016, DeMar DeRozan set an NBA record for most consecutive free throws made (24) during the Toronto Raptors’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • On March 5, 2016, LeBron James surpassed Tim Duncan for 14th place on the all-time scoring list during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory against the Boston Celtics.
  • On March 6, 2016, the Los Angeles Lakers (who were 12–51 with a winning percentage of .190 at the time) recorded the biggest regular season upset in NBA history with a blowout 112–95 victory over the Golden State Warriors (who were 55–5 with a winning percentage of .917 at the time). It was also the first time in NBA history that a team with a winning percentage below .200 in the regular season had ever defeated a team with a winning percentage above .900 so late in the regular season.
  • On March 7, 2016, LeBron James surpassed John Havlicek for 13th place on the all-time scoring list.
  • On March 7, 2016, Stephen Curry became the first player in NBA history to score 300 three-pointers in a single season.
  • On March 7, 2016, the Golden State Warriors recorded their 45th straight regular season home victory with a 119–113 home victory against the Orlando Magic, surpassing the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the longest regular season home winning streak in NBA history. The Warriors’ winning streak included their final eighteen regular season home games of the previous year.
  • On March 10, 2016, Tim Duncan became just the sixth player in NBA history to record 15,000 career rebounds.
  • On March 11, 2016, the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers scored a combined 37 three-pointers, setting an NBA record for the most combined three-pointers between both teams in a single game. Golden State scored 18 three-pointers while Portland scored 19 three-pointers.
  • On March 11, 2016, Klay Thompson became only the second player in NBA history to score at least 200 three-pointers in four straight seasons, joining Stephen Curry.
  • On March 14, 2016, the Golden State Warriors became the fastest team in league history to reach 60 wins in a season.
  • On March 18, 2016, Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets passed 11,000 career rebounds in a 116–111 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • On March 19, 2016, the prime time game between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs set an NBA record for the highest combined winning percentage between two teams through at least 50 regular season games in NBA history (.882 combined winning percentage); the Golden State Warriors entered the game with a 62–6 win-loss record and a .912 winning percentage, while the San Antonio Spurs entered the game with a 58–10 win-loss record and a .853 winning percentage. The Spurs won the game by a score of 87–79 to earn their 44th straight regular season home victory, tying them with the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the 2nd longest regular season home winning streak in NBA history.
  • On March 19, 2016, Dwyane Wade became the 41st player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points, doing so during the Miami Heat's 122–101 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • On March 23, 2016, the San Antonio Spurs earned their 45th consecutive regular season home victory by blowing out the Miami Heat 112–88, surpassing the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the 2nd longest regular season home winning streak in NBA history.
  • With their 63rd loss on March 23, 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers became only the second team to win fewer than twenty games in each of three consecutive seasons, equalling the Vancouver Grizzlies between 1995–96 and 1998–99.[a]
  • On March 25, 2016, the San Antonio Spurs improved their home record for the season to 37–0, tying the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the best home start to a season in NBA history.
  • On March 25, 2016, the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks scored a combined 39 three-pointers, breaking the previous NBA record of most combined three-pointers between both teams in a single game (37) that had been set by the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers only 14 days earlier; Golden State scored 21 three-pointers while Dallas scored 18 three-pointers. Golden State's 21 three-pointers moved the team's season total to 938, which surpassed the previous year's mark of 933 three-pointers set by the Houston Rockets for the most 3-pointers made by a team in a single season in NBA history.
  • On March 25, 2016, with their 128–120 win against the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State Warriors became the second team in NBA history to record at least 65 wins in back-to-back seasons; their previous year's team had 67 victories. The only other team to record back-to-back seasons with at least 65 wins is the Chicago Bulls, who followed up their 72–10 campaign of 1995–96 with a 69–win season in 1996–97.
  • On March 26, 2016, Kristaps Porziņģis became the first player in NBA history to record more than 1,000 points, record at least 500 rebounds, record at least 75 three-pointers, and block more than 100 shots in his rookie season.
  • On March 27, 2016, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry became the first set of teammates to combine for 600 three-pointers in a single season in NBA history during the Golden State Warriors’ 117–105 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • On March 30, 2016, the San Antonio Spurs improved their home record to 38–0 with a victory against the New Orleans Pelicans, which broke the record for the best home start to a season in NBA history that had previously been held by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls.
  • On March 30, 2016, Draymond Green became the first player in NBA history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 100 steals, and 100 blocks in a single season.
  • On March 31, 2016, LeBron James surpassed Dominique Wilkins for 12th place on the NBA's all-time career scoring leaders list.
  • On April 1, 2016, LeBron James surpassed Oscar Robertson for 11th place on the NBA's all-time career scoring leaders list.[97]
  • On April 1, 2016, the Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 109–106 at Oracle Arena, which ended Golden State's NBA-record regular season home game winning streak at 54 games.[98] Golden State's loss left the San Antonio Spurs as the league's last remaining team with an undefeated regular season home record.[99]
  • On April 3, 2016, the Golden State Warriors became the first team in NBA history to score 1,000 three-pointers in a single season during their 136–111 win against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors' win was their 69th win of the season, making them only the fourth team in NBA history to record at least 69 regular season wins, joining the 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers and both the 1995–96 and 1996–97 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors also joined the 1991–92 Chicago Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to record at least 40 games with at least 30 assists in a single season.
  • On April 3, 2016, the Memphis Grizzlies became the first team in NBA history to have 28 different players record game minutes during a single season, which is the most players a team has ever fielded during a single season.
  • On April 5, 2016, with a Spurs victory over the Jazz, Tim Duncan joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish as one of only three players in NBA history to amass at least one thousand career regular season wins. Duncan also became the first (and so far, only) player to record 1,000 regular season victories with a single team.[100]
  • On April 5, 2016, Mirza Teletović of the Phoenix Suns broke the record for most three-pointers made by a reserve player during the regular season, which was originally set by Chuck Person during the 1994–95 season, by making 165 total three-pointers, including three in a 103–90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
  • On April 7, 2016, the San Antonio SpursGolden State Warriors matchup on TNT marked the first game in NBA history between two teams with at least 65 wins each. The Warriors entered the game with 69 wins while the Spurs entered the game with 65 wins; the 134 combined wins between the two teams set a record for the most combined wins between two teams in a regular season matchup in NBA history. The Warriors won the game by a score of 112–101 to clinch the NBA's best record and home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. The win was Golden State's 70th victory of the season, making them only the second team in NBA history to record 70 regular season wins, joining the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls.[101]
  • On April 9, 2016, the Golden State Warriors recorded their 33rd road win of the season with a 100–99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, tying the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the NBA record of most road wins by a team in a single season.
  • On April 10, 2016, the Golden State WarriorsSan Antonio Spurs matchup on NBA TV marked only the second game in NBA history between two teams with at least 65 wins each. The Warriors entered the game with 71 wins while the Spurs entered the game with 65 wins; the 136 combined wins between the two teams broke the record of most combined wins between two teams in a regular season matchup in NBA history that had been set (by the same two teams) three days earlier. The Warriors won the game 92–86 to clinch their 72nd win of the season, which tied the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the most regular season wins by a team in NBA history. The Warriors also recorded their 34th road win of the season, which surpassed that same 1995–96 Chicago Bulls team for the most road wins by a team in a single season in NBA history. The win also ensured that the Warriors would become both the first team in NBA history to go through a full regular season without ever losing back-to-back games as well as the first team in NBA history to go through a full regular season without ever losing multiple games to a single opponent.[102]
  • On April 10, 2016, San Antonio's home loss to the Golden State Warriors snapped their NBA record streak of 39 consecutive home wins to begin a season and their regular season home game winning streak of 48 games dating back to the previous year, which was second to only Golden State's record 54-straight regular season home game winning streak for the longest in NBA history.[102]
  • On April 10, 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers became the sixth team to lose seventy games in a season, following the 1972–73 76ers, the 1986–87 Los Angeles Clippers, the 1992–93 Dallas Mavericks, the 1997–98 Denver Nuggets, and the 2009–10 New Jersey Nets. The 76ers became the first team in NBA history to lose at least 70 regular season games in two separate seasons. The 76ers would finish 10–72, one win ahead of their own worst 82-game record set in the 1972–73 season.
  • On April 11, 2016, Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season, tying Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles by a single player in a single season since the ABA–NBA merger in 1976.
  • On April 12, 2016, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 102–98 in overtime to tie the 1985–86 Boston Celtics for the best regular season home record in NBA history (40–1), with their only regular season home loss occurring on April 10 against the Golden State Warriors. The Spurs’ win also assured that they would end the regular season with a winning percentage higher than .800, making this season the first in NBA history in which two teams (the other team being the Warriors) ended the regular season with winning percentages higher than .800.[b]
  • On April 13, 2016, the Golden State Warriors won their final game of the year to finish the regular season with a 73–9 record, thus setting an NBA record for most regular season wins in one season. The previous record belonged to the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls, who finished with a 72–10 record.
  • This was the first season in NBA history in which a team would not lose back-to-back regular season games, as well as the first season in NBA history in which a team would not lose to the same opponent twice in the regular season (both of those feats were accomplished by the Golden State Warriors).
  • On April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant, playing in the final NBA game of his career, scored 60 points in a comeback win against the Jazz. Kobe became the oldest player ever to score 60 points in a game, and set the record for most points scored by a player in their final career game. Bryant shot a career high 50 field goal attempts and 21 three-point attempts in the game, and became just the fifth player in NBA history to shoot at least 10,000 career free throw attempts.
  • On April 13, 2016, Stephen Curry became the first player in NBA history to make 400 three-pointers in a single season. Curry made a total of 10 three-pointers during the Golden State Warriors' NBA-record 73rd regular season win to finish the regular season with a total of 402 three-pointers, 116 more three-pointers than his previous NBA record mark for most three-pointers in a single season (286).
  • James Harden set an NBA single-season record for turnovers with 374. On April 7, he tied the previous record of 366, set by Artis Gilmore of the Chicago Bulls during the 1977–78 season (the first season that individual turnovers were recorded), and in his next game, on April 10, he broke the record.
  • For the first time since 2004–05, all eight seeded teams in the East finished with a record over .500 in a full season (thus excluding the 2011–12 season, which was shortened to 66 games due to a strike).
  • On April 20, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers made 20 three-pointers in a 107–90 win against the Detroit Pistons, tying the NBA record for the most made three-pointers by a team in a playoff game.
  • On April 24, 2016, the Golden State Warriors made 21 three-pointers during their 121–94 win against the Houston Rockets, which set a new NBA record for the most three-pointers made by a team in a playoff game. The former record for most three-pointers made by a team in a playoff game was 20, which the Cleveland Cavaliers had equaled only four days beforehand.
  • On April 27, 2016, Klay Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score at least seven 3-pointers in consecutive playoff games.
  • On April 29, 2016, with the Pacers' 101–83 win over the Raptors in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, it was ensured that there would be at least one Game 7 in the playoffs for the seventeenth straight year. The last time when there were no Game 7's at any point during the playoffs came during the 1999 NBA Playoffs.
  • On May 1, 2016, the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89–84 for their first Game 7 victory in franchise history. It was the Raptors' first ever best-of-seven games playoff series win and their first playoff series win overall since 2001.
  • On May 1, 2016, Klay Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score at least seven 3-pointers in three straight playoff games.
  • On May 4, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA playoff record by making 18 three-pointers in the first half of their 123–98 rout of the Atlanta Hawks, 10 of which occurred during the second quarter, which also set an NBA playoff record for most three-pointers in a quarter. They then broke the record for the most three-pointers in a playoff game set by the Golden State Warriors ten days earlier with 25 total three-pointers, which set another NBA record for the most three-pointers made by a team in any regular season or postseason game.
  • On May 6, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to hit 20 three-pointers in consecutive games, making 21 in a game against the Atlanta Hawks two days after setting an NBA record with 25.
  • On May 8, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks with a 100–99 win. The Cavaliers finished the game with 16 three-pointers, making them the first team in NBA history to score at least 15 three-pointers in four consecutive games.
  • On May 9, 2016, Stephen Curry returned to play after missing two weeks due to a MCL sprain and scored 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 132–125 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Curry scored 17 of his 40 points during the overtime period, setting an NBA record for most points ever scored by a single player in an overtime period in any NBA regular season or postseason game.
  • On May 10, 2016, Stephen Curry was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second straight season. Curry also became the first player in NBA history to win the MVP award by unanimous vote, winning all 131 first-place votes. Previously, Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James were the two players that had come closest to winning the MVP award by unanimous vote, falling short by one vote in the 1999–2000 and 2012–13 seasons, respectively.
  • On May 11, 2016, Stephen Curry scored five 3-pointers in the Golden State Warriors' 125–121 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with at least one made 3-pointer to 44 games, which tied the NBA record set by Reggie Miller.
  • On May 15, 2016, the Toronto Raptors earned their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in franchise history, beating the Miami Heat four games to three in their semifinal series.
  • On May 16, 2016, Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer in his 45th consecutive playoff game, which surpassed Reggie Miller (44) for the NBA record of most consecutive playoff games with at least one made 3-pointer.
  • On May 19, 2016, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue became the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 playoff games.[103]
  • On May 25, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers set a conference finals record by taking a 31-point lead at halftime against the Toronto Raptors.[104]
  • On May 27, 2016, LeBron James became the eighth player in NBA history to reach six straight NBA Finals. James is the first player to not be part of the Boston Celtics' 1960s dynasty and the first player in 50 years to accomplish the feat.[105]
  • On May 28, 2016, New Orleans Pelicans player Bryce Dejean-Jones died when he was shot after breaking into a Dallas apartment.[106] He is the first active NBA player to die since 2007 when Eddie Griffin was killed in a vehicular accident.[107]
  • On May 28, 2016, Klay Thompson set an NBA playoff record with 11 three-pointers during the Golden State Warriors' 108–101 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.[108]
  • On May 30, 2016, the Golden State Warriors became the 3rd defending champion in NBA history, and the 10th team overall, to come back and win a best-of-seven playoff series after facing a 3–1 series deficit.[citation needed]
  • On June 5, 2016, the Golden State Warriors tied the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the most combined regular season and postseason wins in a single season (87) in NBA history by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.[109]
  • On June 10, 2016, the Golden State Warriors earned their 88th win of the season (regular season and playoffs combined) by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, surpassing the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls' record of most combined regular season and postseason wins in a single season in NBA history. During the game, the Warriors also made 17 three-pointers, setting a record for most made three-pointers by a single team in an NBA Finals game.[110]
  • On June 13, 2016, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James became the first pair of teammates in NBA history to score 40 or more points each in the same NBA Finals game during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 112–97 victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.[111]
  • On June 16, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals by a score of 115–101, making them only the third team in NBA Finals history to force a Game 7 after falling behind 1–3.[112] The only other two teams to accomplish this feat are the 1950–51 New York Knicks and the 1965–66 Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On June 19, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93–89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to claim their first ever league title. The Warriors became the 11th team overall to lose a seven-game playoff series after leading 3-1, and the first one to do so in the NBA Finals.[113] The Cavaliers became the first NBA team to win a championship by winning a Game 7 on the road since the Seattle SuperSonics did so in 1979.
  • On June 19, 2016, LeBron James became the first player, in any playoff series, to lead all players in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.[114]

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Notes[edit]

a The 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games by a lockout, but in the shortened season the Grizzlies were on pace for a 13–69 record over a full season and thus a fourth successive sub-20-win season
b For comparison, in three consecutive seasons – 1996–97's Vancouver Grizzlies and Boston Celtics; 1997–98's Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors; and 1998–99's Vancouver Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers – but in no others, two teams finished with winning percentages below .200.

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