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 76 games into the season:
April 1, 2016: Stephen Curry missed a long three-pointer to tie it with 5.3 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months, losing 109-106 to the Boston Celtics on Friday night to snap an NBA-record 54-game winning streak in the regular season at Oracle Arena. The Warriors must win five of their final six games to break the Bulls’ record.
Player of the game: Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, a former King, who made a driving layup with 8.3 seconds left on the way to 22 points for Boston. He scored 18 of his points in the third quarter.
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Warriors’ record: 68-8
April 11, 1996: The Chicago Bulls matched a club victory record and clinched homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs by defeating the hapless New Jersey Nets 113-100 on Thursday night. The Bulls are three victories shy of breaking the NBA victory record set by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72. Chicago has six games left, three against teams with under .500 records. Michael Jordan had 17 points for Chicago.
Player of the game: Chicago’s Scottie Pippen scored five of his 15 points in a 19-2 spurt (with Jordan taking a breather) bridging the first and second quarters that put the Bulls in control the rest of the way.
Bulls’ record: 67-9
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