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Chasing the Bulls’ record: Warriors still on pace after a stinker

Portland’s Damian Lillard tries to move past the Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the second half in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
Portland’s Damian Lillard tries to move past the Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the second half in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. 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 stand 53 games into the season:

Warriors

Feb. 19, 2016: The Golden State Warriors’ quest for the best regular-season record in NBA history hit a serious speed bump in a 137-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard scored a career-high 51 points to lead Portland. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 31. The night started out strong for both sides as Lillard and Curry engaged in a spirited game of showmanship in the first quarter, with the Blazers’ point guard – who grew up on Oakland – besting his counterpart 17-6 en route to a 42-31 lead. Golden State failed to mount any sort of threat in the fourth quarter.

Player of the game: Lillard, who also had seven assists and six steals.

Quote: “This is the NBA, so there’s going to be nights where the other team gets hot. I’m OK with the other team making shots. What I’m not OK with is losing our poise in the third quarter.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr

Warriors’ record: 48-5

The Associated Press

Bulls

Feb. 22, 1996: Michael Jordan scores 35 points as the Chicago Bulls overcome a 17-point, first-half deficit to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 96-91 for their seventh win in a row. It was the sixth time in the last seven games and the 32nd time this season that Jordan topped the 30-point mark.

Player of the game: Jordan, who shot 15 of 26 from the field to go with three rebounds and three assists.

Quote: “It’s just the way they play. It’s not really any certain rhythm or style. They played very freely, and it takes us a half to make adjustments, to figure out exactly what they’re doing. Hopefully we won’t have to continue to do this.” – Jordan, about the Hawks.

Bulls’ record: 48-5

The Associated Press

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