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 62 games into the season:
March 7, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make 300 three-pointers in a season, and the Golden State Warriors set another record in a season full of them by holding off the Orlando Magic 119-113 Monday night for their 45th consecutive home victory, an NBA record.
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Curry didn’t match his 51-point performance against the Magic on Feb. 25 in which he hit 10 of 15 three-pointers, but was 7 of 13 from long range . He has 301 made threes with 20 games left.
Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors (56-6), who overcame a season-high 24 turnovers to bounce back from an ugly 112-95 road loss to the Lakers on Sunday that stopped a seven-game winning streak.
Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 16 rebounds in his Bay Area homecoming.
Bogut had 10 assists, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots. One of his assists was a between-the-legs highlight in the first quarter.
Player of the game: In addition to his game-high 41 points, Curry also had 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Quote: “Steph is bailing us out.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry’s post-All-Star Game stretch.
Warriors’ record: 56-6
March 13, 1996: Before the game, the Bulls learned they would be without Scottie Pippen for up to two weeks because of tendinitis in his right knee. In a home game later against Washington, Pippen was hardly missed. Michael Jordan scored a game-high 37 points and Chicago rolled to a 103-86 victory, its 38th consecutive home win dating to last season. The Bulls improve to 31-0 at home for the season.
Jordan scores at least 32 points for the fourth consecutive game. His streak will continue for another three games before he is held to 20 points in a 89-67 win over the Kings on March 19.
Player of the game: Toni Kukoc, a starter last season who has not been happy about being a reserve this season, starts for Pippen and scores 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He has five steals, three assists, three rebounds and just one turnover.
Quote: “Scottie will begin immediate treatment for his tendinitis and, for the next week, will not touch a basketball,” Bulls general manager Jerry Krause said of Pippen, who is averaging 20.7 points per game, second-best on the team behind Jordan.
Bulls’ record: 55-7.