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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors’ home winning streak ends at 54

Boston’s Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner celebrate as Golden State’s Shaun Livingston walks off the court after the Celtics’ 109-106 victory over the Warriors on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Oakland.
Boston’s Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner celebrate as Golden State’s Shaun Livingston walks off the court after the Celtics’ 109-106 victory over the Warriors on Friday, April 1, 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 76 games into the season:

Warriors

April 1, 2016: Stephen Curry missed a long three-pointer to tie it with 5.3 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months, losing 109-106 to the Boston Celtics on Friday night to snap an NBA-record 54-game winning streak in the regular season at Oracle Arena. The Warriors must win five of their final six games to break the Bulls’ record.

Player of the game: Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, a former King, who made a driving layup with 8.3 seconds left on the way to 22 points for Boston. He scored 18 of his points in the third quarter.

Warriors’ record: 68-8

Bulls

April 11, 1996: The Chicago Bulls matched a club victory record and clinched homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs by defeating the hapless New Jersey Nets 113-100 on Thursday night. The Bulls are three victories shy of breaking the NBA victory record set by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72. Chicago has six games left, three against teams with under .500 records. Michael Jordan had 17 points for Chicago.

Player of the game: Chicago’s Scottie Pippen scored five of his 15 points in a 19-2 spurt (with Jordan taking a breather) bridging the first and second quarters that put the Bulls in control the rest of the way.

Bulls’ record: 67-9

The Associated Press

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