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Chasing the Bulls’ record: Warriors win 50th straight at home

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, is defended by New York Knicks Langston Galloway, left, and Carmelo Anthony during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Oakland.
The Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, is defended by New York Knicks Langston Galloway, left, and Carmelo Anthony during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Oakland. 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 67 games into the season:

Warriors

March 16, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 34 points and the Golden State Warriors extended their record regular-season home winning streak to 50 games with a 121-85 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Klay Thompson scored 19 points with five threes and Marreese Speights added 13 with three threes off the bench as Golden State (61-6) stayed one game ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls’ pace in their record 72-win season.

Carmelo Anthony had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Knicks.

Player of the game: Curry shot 8 for 13 from long range and 12 of 20 from the floor overall before sitting out the fourth quarter with his team up big. The reigning MVP hit three-pointers on three consecutive possessions late in the first quarter and on two in a row at the end of the third as the Warriors improved to 32-0 at Oracle Arena this season.

Quote: “He’s auditioning for that Splash Cousin, maybe. He’s definitely confident out there now. We love that. It adds a new element to our lineup and our rotation when he’s able to step into those 3s and knock them down. We'll keep feeding him. Definitely a crowd pleaser, and it gets us going on the bench, too.” – Curry on Speights

Warriors’ record: 61-6

Bulls

March 21, 1996: Michael Jordan had 36 points and 11 rebounds Thursday night and the Chicago Bulls used a 20-1 run in the second quarter to avenge their worst loss of the season as they beat the New York Knicks 107-86.

The Bulls extended their NBA record with their 41st consecutive regular-season home win.

Chicago, which won its sixth in a row, needs 10 wins in its final 15 games to finish with an NBA-record 70 victories.

Scottie Pippen started for Chicago after missing five games with a sore ankle, but he wasn’t much of a factor. He didn’t score until 10:29 remained in the fourth period, finishing with six points and six rebounds.

The Knicks routed the Bulls 104-72 on March 11 at Madison Square Garden, the only team to beat Chicago by more than 10 points this season.

Player of the game: Jordan made 10 of his 24 attempts from the floor, went 7 of 7 from the free-throw line and had five assists.

Bulls’ record: 60-7

The Associated Press

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