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 68 games into the season:
March 18, 2016: Stephen Curry had several dazzling plays on his way to 31 points, fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson scored 39 and the Golden State Warriors tuned up for a showdown in San Antonio with a 130-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. The Warriors made 14 of their first 17 from long range, finished 22 of 38 and won their seventh straight. On Saturday, they try to tackle the NBA’s longest losing streak on another team’s court – 32 straight at the Spurs going back to Feb. 14, 1997.
Player of the game: Curry had a number of displays that drew roars from the typical swarm of the sharpshooting star’s fans on the road. He stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki near midcourt before hitting a 35-footer over him at the first-quarter buzzer. Then he glanced a three-pointer off the glass from the corner with Nowitzki in his face again in the second quarter.
▪ The Warriors are “bigger than the Rolling Stones on tour.” – Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
▪ “I was on the Beatles back in ‘96, so I guess it’s fitting that I’m now with the Stones. Either way, I was just a roadie setting up the stage for both teams.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played on the 1996 Chicago team
Warriors’ record: 62-6
March 24, 1996: The Toronto Raptors pulled off one of the most unlikely upsets of the season Sunday by defeating the Chicago Bulls 109-108 before the largest crowd to see a game this season – 36,131 at SkyDome. A three-pointer by Chicago’s Steve Kerr bounced off the front of the rim with one second to play. Michael Jordan scored 36 points, including the Bulls’ final 14.
Player of the game: Toronto guard Damon Stoudamire, who scored 30 points and had 11 assists in 46 minutes.
Quote: “We finally beat them. We came close three times, and we finally did it. This is the best because we stayed close for 48 minutes and beat the best team in basketball.” – Stoudamire
Bulls’ record: 60-8
The Associated Press