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Chasing the Bulls’ record: Warriors hold off Clippers, jump ahead of Chicago’s pace

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, reaches for a rebound over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, reaches for a rebound over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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 54 games into the season:

Warriors

Feb. 20, 2016: Klay Thompson scored 32 points, fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry had 23 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115-112 on Saturday night to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Warriors were coming off a 32-point drubbing at Portland a night earlier that snapped their 11-game winning streak. Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds for the Clippers.

Player of the game: Warriors forward Draymond Green had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Quote: “I was just proud of the way we responded from the jump, especially after letting (Portland’s) best player go for (51) last night ... We were out to prove a point that last night was a fluke.” – Warriors guard Klay Thompson

Warriors’ record: 49-5

The Associated Press

Bulls

Feb. 23, 1996: One day after trading three starters, Pat Riley’s outnumbered Miami Heat outshot the stunned Chicago Bulls 113-104. The Heat dressed just eight players but used deadly outside shooting to beat the Bulls. Rex Chapman tied a career high with 39 points. The defeat snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Bulls. Michael Jordan led Chicago with 31 points.

Player of the game: Chapman, who was 12 for 17 from the floor, including 9 of 10 on three-pointers.

Quote: “The way we played, it was very evident we didn’t come out mentally prepared to play. You have to respect everybody in this league every time you step on the court. I’m not sure we did that tonight.” – Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Bulls’ record: 48-6

The Associated Press

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