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Chasing the Bulls’ record: Splash Brothers in effect vs. Portland

The Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Oakland.
The Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Oakland. The Associated Press

The Bee Sports staff tracks the Warriors’ progress toward breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins, using a measuring stick from the past to gauge the present. Here’s where the teams stood 64 games into the season:

Warriors

March 11, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson had 37 and the Golden State Warriors avenged their worst defeat of the season by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 128-112, extending their record regular-season home winning streak to 47 games.

Draymond Green added 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists while making all nine of his free throws.

CJ McCollum scored 18 points and Portland topped the defending champions with 19 threes to Golden State’s 18 as the teams combined for the most 3s in NBA history – on 37-for-76 shooting.

Players of the game: Thompson and Curry, combined to shoot 15 for 25 on three-pointers and went 26 for 45 overall, with Thompson joining Curry as the only players with 200 threes in four straight seasons.

Warriors’ record: 58-6

Bulls

March 16, 1996: Michael Jordan overcame the absence of an injured Scottie Pippen and ejection of Dennis Rodman, getting 37 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 97-93 win over the New Jersey Nets. Steve Kerr hit two big three-pointers, Bill Wennington made two jumpers and Jordan made four free throws down the stretch as the Bulls continued their quest for the NBA’s best regular-season mark – 69-13 by the Lakers in 1971-72.

Player of the game: Jordan, who added 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.

Bulls’ record: 57-7

The Associated Press

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