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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors continue to roll

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson shoots against the Dallas Mavericks in the second half Friday, March 25, 2016, in Oakland.
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson shoots against the Dallas Mavericks in the second half Friday, March 25, 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 is where the teams stood 72 games into the season:

Warriors

March 25, 2016: Klay Thompson scores 40 points and Stephen Curry adds 33 to help the Golden State Warriors became the second team ever to post back-to-back 65-win seasons with a 128-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Draymond Green adds 19 as the Warriors win their 52nd straight regular-season home game.

Players of the game: Thompson and Curry. Their long-range shooting helped Golden State make 21 three-pointers in all to give the team a record 938 on the season, breaking the mark of 933 set by Houston last season.

Quote: “That’s pretty sweet. The game is kind of changing, and I think we’re on the forefront of that. Our team’s shooting ability is second to none.” – Thompson.

Warriors’ record: 65-7

Bulls

April 4, 1996: Michael Jordan scored 40 points and Toni Kukoc had a career-high 34 Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 100-92 victory over the Miami Heat. Dennis Rodman pulled down 12 rebounds in his first home game after serving a six-game suspension for head-butting referee Ted Bernhardt – one of the three officials in Thursday's game.

Player of the game: Kukoc, who scored 18 points in the third quarter while being guarded primarly by Heat forward Walt Williams.

Quote: “Horrible,” a visiting NBA scout who was sitting courtside, when asked to evaluate Williams’ defensive play.

Bulls’ record: 64-8

The Associated Press

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