The Bee Sports staff tracks the Warriors’ progress toward breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record 72 wins, using a measuring stick from the past to gauge the present. Here’s where the teams stood 52 games into the season:
Feb. 10, 2016: The Golden State-Phoenix mismatch wasn’t the blowout most expected, just another routine Warriors victory. Stephen Curry nearly had a triple double before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Warriors stormed into the All-Star break on an 11-game winning streak with a 112-104 victory over the free-falling Suns on Wednesday night in Phoenix. The Warriors enter the break with the best record through 52 games in NBA history, one win better than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers.
Player of the game: Curry had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Quote: “Nobody has ever done it, right? Fifty-two games in to have only lost four games is remarkable. It speaks to the talent and chemistry of the players. We have a deep roster and they love playing together, they enjoy winning and they are good at it.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr
Warriors’ record: 48-4
Feb. 20, 1996: One game after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had almost all of the Bulls’ points, the two sat back and let Ron Harper score a season-high 22 as the Bulls beat Cleveland 102-76 in Chicago. Chicago has won six consecutive games and has a 31-game home winning streak dating to last season. Averaging an NBA-best 30.8 points, including 36.6 over the previous five games, Jordan made only 6 of 19 shots in scoring just 14 points.
Player of the game: Harper shot 10 for 14 from the field for 22 points, along with six rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Quote: “I’ve got two guys that don’t pass the ball. That was a joke.” – Harper, with a grin, responding to why he usually takes a back seat on offense.
Bulls’ record: 47-5
The Associated Press