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Chasing the Bulls: Green helps Warriors fend off Timberwolves

The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson tries to drive around the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Warriors won 109-104. Thompson scored 17 points, Towns 24.
The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson tries to drive around the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Warriors won 109-104. Thompson scored 17 points, Towns 24. 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 70 games into the season:

WARRIORS

March 21, 2016: Draymond Green had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the Golden State Warriors narrowly avoid their first two-game skid in nearly a year with a 109-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Klay Thompson scored 17 points and hit all five of his three-pointers, and the Warriors overcame a second consecutive poor shooting night from Stephen Curry. The reigning MVP missed 11 of his 17 shots, including seven of his nine three-point attempts, but still had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. He is just 3 of 21 on three-point attempts his past two games.

The Warriors are one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls’ pace when they won 72 games during the 1995-96 season.

Player of the game: Green, who tipped in a missed Curry three-point shot at the end of the first half to give the Warriors a 61-58 lead.

Quote: “I honestly felt old out there at times.” – Thompson, 26, said of taking on a young and feisty Timberwolves team.

Warriors’ record: 63-7

BULLS

March 30, 1996: Scottie Pippen scored 22 points and Michael Jordan 21 as Chicago defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 106-85. The Bulls clinched at least the second-best season in franchise history.

The Bulls led by 20 points at halftime and were never threatened in the second half. They extended their NBA-record home winning streak to 43 regular-season games, dating to last season.

The Bulls need eight wins in their final 12 games to register the first 70-victory season in NBA history. Their only previous season with 62 or more victories was 1991-92, when they went 67-15 en route to their second of three consecutive titles.

Player of the game: Toni Kucoc, averaging 21 points the past three games, has 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Bulls’ record: 62-8.

Compiled by Jeff Caraska from The Associated Press

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