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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors win 53rd straight at home

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson passes away from Philadelphia 76er Nik Stauskas during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Oakland.
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson passes away from Philadelphia 76er Nik Stauskas during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 27, 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 73 games into the season:

WARRIORS

March 27, 2016: Klay Thompson scored 40 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career, Draymond Green posted his franchise-best 12th triple-double and the Golden State Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-105.

Stephen Curry had 20 points and eight assists and Green contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Golden State stayed a game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Bulls’ during their record 72-win season. Chicago was 65-8 through 73 games.

Backup big man Marreese Speights added 17 points and seven rebounds in the Warriors’ 53rd straight regular-season victory at Oracle Arena and 35th consecutive at home this season.

Player of the game: Thompson was 15-of-27 shooting, including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. It was the eighth 40-point game of his career, all coming at home.

Quote: “He’s such a ball hog.” – Curry jokingly on Thompson

Warriors’ record: 66-7

BULLS

April 5, 1996: Chicago scored the first 20 points of the game and the visiting Bulls cruised from there in a 126-92 trouncing of the Charlotte Hornets 126-92.

Michael Jordan, who played just 28 minutes, finished with 24 points, four assists and three steals as the Bulls moved closer to becoming the first team in NBA history to win 70 games.

Scottie Pippen scored a game-high 28 points and Toni Kukoc added 20 for Chicago, which can reach the 70-win mark by going 5-4 the rest of the way.

Player of the game: Chicago’s Scottie Pippen scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 5 of 10 from three-point range. Pippen also had a game-high 14 assists, five reboounds and two steals.

Bulls’ record: 65-8

Compiled by Stu Rosenberg and The Associated Press

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