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Chasing the Bulls: Curry, Warriors too much for Magic

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a three-pointer from near the half-court line at the end of the third quarter of Thursday’s 130-114 victory over the Magic in Orlando, Fla. Curry scored 51 points, including 10 three-pointers.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a three-pointer from near the half-court line at the end of the third quarter of Thursday’s 130-114 victory over the Magic in Orlando, Fla. Curry scored 51 points, including 10 three-pointers. 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 57 games into the season:

WARRIORS

Feb. 25, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 51 points and set an NBA record with a three-pointer in his 128th consecutive game as the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 130-114 on Thursday night.

The reigning MVP topped 50 points for the third time this season, becoming first player to do it that many times in a season since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2008-09.

That wasn’t his only highlight of the night.

Curry surpassed Kyle Korver’s mark of 127 straight games with a three, which Curry tied while making six threes at Miami on Wednesday night.

Player of the game: A night after scoring 42 in a six-point victory at Miami, Curry made 20 of 27 shots from the field, including 10 three-pointers. The Warriors pulled away in the closing minutes of the third quarter, with Curry banking in a 44-foot shot at the buzzer for a 99-91 lead.

Quote: “Are you guys surprised? I’m not. It’s just what he does.” – Magic guard Evan Fournier, addressing reporters after the game, on Curry

Warriors’ record: 52-5

BULLS

March 1, 1996: Scottie Pippen, shaking off a shooting slump, scored 25 points, and Toni Kukoc added 23 as the Chicago Bulls improved to 27-0 at home by beating the Golden State Warriors 110-87 Friday night.

Michael Jordan scored 17 for Chicago but left the game with 7:10 remaining after bruising his left knee and his left elbow when he crashed hard to the floor while fighting for a rebound. Jordan went to the bench to ice his injuries, which did not appear serious. The Bulls led by 22 at the time.

Kukoc had his third straight game of 20 points or more, and Dennis Rodman celebrated a change in hair color – from rust to bright yellow – with 17 rebounds.

Latrell Sprewell led Golden State with 26 points. Rookie Joe Smith was held two points, 13 fewer than his average, and the Warriors shot just 33 percent from the field.

Player of the game: Pippen, who had been 20 of 69 from the field in his previous four games, was 10 of 18 shooting. Pippen was 4 of 7 from three-point range and added eight rebounds and three steals.

Quote: “I hit my elbow and my knee. I'm OK. It’s the first time I fell hard all season. Normally I get about three or four of those in the course of the season. In all those situations you try to evaluate how your body feels and make sure nothing’s really hurt. From that point on, it’s a matter of getting rest and checking out what the situation in the game is and then getting out of the game before anything else happens.” – Jordan

Bulls’ record: 51-6

The Associated Press

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