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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors fall in San Antonio again

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, center, chases the ball against Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, center, chases the ball against Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in San Antonio. 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 69 games into the season:

WARRIORS

March 19, 2016: LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 87-79 to remain perfect at the AT&T Center this season and extend their home dominance over the defending champions to 33 consecutive regular-season games.

Kawhi Leonard had 18 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won 44 consecutive regular season games, tied for the second-longest streak in NBA history.

The Spurs held Warriors superstar Stephen Curry to 14 points (and none in the fourth quarter) while limiting him to 1-for-12 shooting on three-pointers. Klay Thompson (15 points) had just four in the fourth quarter.

Curry missed his first seven three-point attempts and was blocked for the first time this season from long range when Danny Green rose to stuff the mercurial guard in the first quarter.

The Spurs slowed the speedy Warriors to a more manageable pace in avenging a 120-90 loss in Golden State on Jan. 25 in the teams’ only previous meeting this season. They face each other twice more in April.

Player of the game: Aldridge, who was held to five points and three rebounds in the team’s January meeting, exacts some revenge.

Quote: “We were just trying to be up on the screens (in the fourth quarter against Curry and Thompson). They’re both great shooters, but Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green played great tonight.” – Aldridge on the Spurs’ fourth-quarter defense.

Warriors’ record: 62-7

BULLS

March 28, 1996: Scottie Pippen returned to his All-Star form and helped Chicago bounce back from its most shocking loss to defeat visiting Atlanta 111-80.

Pippen, averaging 13.3 points on 35 percent shooting during an injury-filled five-week span, had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Bulls rebounded from a 109-108 loss to the expansion Toronto Raptors three days earlier.

The Bulls needed only 13 points from Michael Jordan – 18 below his average – to extend their NBA-record home winning streak to 42 regular-season games.

Players of the game: Toni Kukoc scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He had three assists and a blocked shot. Steve Kerr came off the bench for 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. He had three assists and two steals.

Bulls’ record: 61-8.

Compiled by Jeff Caraska from The Associated Press

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