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 59 games into the season:
March 1, 2016: Draymond Green hit an off-balance three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 40.2 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 109-105 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night while Stephen Curry watched in street clothes with an injured ankle. Andre Iguodala sat out with a hamstring injury.
Andrew Bogut saved the ball from going out of bounds, and then Green got the shot off just in time while avoiding Kent Bazemore’s diving steal attempt.
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Klay Thompson made a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:54 remaining and another big basket at the 11.4-second mark. He finished with 26 points. The Warriors won their second consecutive overtime game and got a franchise-best 43rd consecutive regular-season home victory and 25th in a row this season.
Player of the game: Green, who made an impossible three-point shot 40.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Warriors a 107-103 lead. Green finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. He also came up with a big steal.
Quote: “I just like the way we competed all night. We didn’t have shots go in for us, but we didn’t let it hang our heads.” – Warriors guard Klay Thompson
Warriors’ record: 54-5
March 5, 1996: Michael Jordan scores 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter as the Chicago Bulls defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-106. It is the 36th consecutive home win, dating back to last season and the Bulls improved to 29-0 for the season.
Jordan made seven of his first 11 shots in the first quarter, including all four of his three-point attempts as the Bulls won their fifth game in a row in front of a crows of 23,547 at the United Center.
Player of the game: Luc Longley blocks a career-high seven shots for Chicago. He scores 14 points and has seven rebounds and three assists.
Bulls’ record: 53-6
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