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 60 games into the season:
March 3, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 33 points in his return from an ankle injury and the Golden State Warriors tied an NBA record by winning their 44th straight regular-season home game, 121-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Five days after tying an NBA record with 12 three-pointers in an overtime win at Oklahoma City, Curry went 5 of 15 from long range in the rematch. But he got more than enough help from his bench to help the Warriors tie one record set by Chicago as they chase the Bulls’ single-season mark for victories.
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The Bulls won 44 consecutive home games from March 30, 1995, until April 4, 1996. That helped them set the record with 72 wins in 1995-96, a mark the Warriors remain on pace to surpass after beating the Thunder for the third time in as many tries this season.
Player of the game: Curry, who was a late addition after missing Tuesday night’s overtime win against Atlanta with a sprained left ankle.
Quote: “Well, I was on that (Bulls) team and I didn’t know we had the record. In the long run, 20 years from now, nobody will care.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the consecutive home wins
Warriors’ record: 55-5
March 7, 1996: It could be seen on Michael Jordan’s face. His tongue was wagging, his concentration was at its highest level and he knew the Detroit Pistons couldn’t stop him.
“When you’re in a rhythm like that, you want to do everything you can to carry the load. And when you’re hot, they keep coming to you and you keep knocking them down,” Jordan said after burning the Pistons for 53 points, the most in the NBA this season.
Jordan’s 21-for-28 shooting, including 6 for 6 in the final quarter, produced a 102-81 victory for the Bulls and gave them a 30-0 record at home.
Dunks, three-pointers and fall-away jumpers – there was little the Pistons could do.
“I don’t think I had to do anything extracurricular to get the 53 points,” said Jordan.
Player of the game: Jordan, who had his biggest offensive output since 55 against the New York Knicks in March 1995, shortly after coming out of retirement. Against the Pistons, he had 19 points at the half, 19 more in the third quarter and 15 in the final period when the Bulls finally pulled away.
Quote: “The thing I learned from Michael Jordan, being around him, is that it’s one thing to stand up to him physically. Tonight, you got to stand up to him mentally – the torment he throws at you mentally. He can devastate you. He did that tonight. He spanked us around pretty good.” – Pistons coach Doug Collins, coaching his first NBA game in Chicago since the Bulls fired him after the 1988-89 season
Bulls’ record: 54-6
The Associated Press