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Chasing the Bulls: Sizzling Warriors drop Clippers

Klay Thompson of the Warriors scored 32 points in a win over the Clippers on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Oakland.
Klay Thompson of the Warriors scored 32 points in a win over the Clippers on Wednesday, March 23, 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 71 games into the season:

Warriors

March 23, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 33 points a few hours after coach Steve Kerr declared Golden State is all about the NBA wins record, and the Warriors stayed right on track to make more history with a 114-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors won their 51st straight regular-season home game, improving to 33-0 this season at rockin’ Oracle Arena – where the fans let the rival Clippers have it at every opportunity.

Players of the game: Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, who combined to go 11 for 20 from beyond the three-point arc.

Quote: “That’s pretty enticing. It’s the players who are setting the record. It’s not the organization, so they will absolutely have some say in matters down the stretch in terms of how we approach everything.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr on chasing the Bulls’ record.

Warriors’ record: 64-7

Bulls

April 2, 1996: Dennis Rodman returned from a six-game suspension to grab 13 rebounds and score eight points in helping lead the Bulls to a 110-92 victory over the Heat in Miami. Rodman was suspended for head-butting a referee on March 16. Rodman picked up a foul nine seconds after entering the game, but kept his cool.

Players of the game: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, who each scored 32 points for the Bulls.

Quote: “I think they tested me. I think (NBA vice president) Rod Thorn and Commissioner David Stern were saying, ‘Damn, I wish he’d blow up. It ain’t going to happen. They’re not going to run me out of the league.” – Dennis Rodman, on being called for a foul nine seconds after entering the game.

Bulls’ record: 63-8

The Associated Press

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