The Bee Sports staff tracks the Warriors’ progress toward breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins, using a measuring stick from the past to gauge the present. Here is where the teams stood 72 games into the season:
March 25, 2016: Klay Thompson scores 40 points and Stephen Curry adds 33 to help the Golden State Warriors became the second team ever to post back-to-back 65-win seasons with a 128-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Draymond Green adds 19 as the Warriors win their 52nd straight regular-season home game.
Players of the game: Thompson and Curry. Their long-range shooting helped Golden State make 21 three-pointers in all to give the team a record 938 on the season, breaking the mark of 933 set by Houston last season.
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Quote: “That’s pretty sweet. The game is kind of changing, and I think we’re on the forefront of that. Our team’s shooting ability is second to none.” – Thompson.
Warriors’ record: 65-7
April 4, 1996: Michael Jordan scored 40 points and Toni Kukoc had a career-high 34 Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 100-92 victory over the Miami Heat. Dennis Rodman pulled down 12 rebounds in his first home game after serving a six-game suspension for head-butting referee Ted Bernhardt – one of the three officials in Thursday's game.
Player of the game: Kukoc, who scored 18 points in the third quarter while being guarded primarly by Heat forward Walt Williams.
Quote: “Horrible,” a visiting NBA scout who was sitting courtside, when asked to evaluate Williams’ defensive play.
Bulls’ record: 64-8
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