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 65 games into the season:
March 12, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 12 minutes to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-116 on Saturday night.
Curry, who spent most of the third quarter on the bench in foul trouble, made three of his seven three-pointers in the fourth, including two as part of a 18-8 run to close out the game.
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The NBA’s reigning MVP capped his night with a behind-the-back pass to Shaun Livingston for a layup that helped extend the Warriors’ record home winning streak to 48 regular-season games dating to last season. They are 30-0 at Oracle Arena this season.
Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Draymond Green had 19 points and six assists.
Brandon Knight led Phoenix with 30 points. Alex Len scored 26 points.
Player of the game: Marreese Speights, who had 25 points, nine rebounds and two steals in just 18 minutes for the Warriors. He was 10 of 14 from the floor.
Quote: “(Marreese) is amazing. He has so much fun playing the game, whether he plays two or 22 minutes, he always gives everything he has.” – Stephen Curry on Speights’ contributions.
Warriors’ record: 59-6
March 18, 1996: In what Michael Jordan called “a measuring stick” of Chicago’s ability to play without suspended forward Dennis Rodman, the Bulls struggled before beating the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 Monday night.
Jordan,scored 14 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and had 11 rebounds in 47 minutes.
Rodman, suspended earlier in the day for six games and fined $20,000 for head-butting an official the previous game, wasn’t at the Spectrum to see Chicago have trouble with a Philadelphia team that has won just 13 games this season. The Bulls also were without the injured Scottie Pippen.
The 76ers led 80-78 with nine minutes left, but the Bulls scored 12 unanswered points, capped by consecutive three-pointers by Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr (13 points), to take a 90-80 lead with 2:55 to play.
Players of the game: Jordan, and Kukoc, who had 21 points and 11 assists as the Bulls won their fourth game in a row.
Quote: “We just have to improve on this,” Jordan said of the game’s outcome.
Bulls’ record: 58-7.