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Chasing the Bulls: Green helps Warriors hold off Wizards

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring against the Washington Wizards during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Oakland.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring against the Washington Wizards during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 29, 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 74 games into the season:

Warriors

March 29: Stephen Curry knocked down six three-pointers on the way to a game-high 26 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 102-94 on Tuesday night and improve to 36-0 at home this season. The Warriors have won 54 consecutive home games dating to last season.

Klay Thompson followed back-to-back 40-point games with 16 as Golden State, which led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, held off the Wizards in the final moments.

Bradley Beal scored 17 for the Wizards, who lost their fourth in a row to Golden State. John Wall, who had a block of a Curry shot, had just eight points on 4 of 14 shooting. Wall had a game-high 11 assists.

Curry, who scored 51 points with a career-high and franchise record-tying 11 threes in the first meeting Feb. 3, shot 9 for 20 overall and 6 of 8 from long range.

Player of the game: The Warriors’ Draymond Green had 15 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists to just miss back-to-back triple doubles.

Quote: “That’s the NBA for you. Teams are capable of going on runs, and it’s tough to finish out, close out teams … .” – Curry, who had to re-enter the game in the fourth quarter. The Wizards got within six points with 12 seconds remaining.

Warriors’ record: 67-7.

Bulls

April 7, 1996: Michael Jordan hit a turnaround jumper with just under a minute to go, Anfernee Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal missed shots in the final 10 seconds and Chicago and Orlando battled to the last possession before the Bulls escaped with a 90-86 victory.

Jordan finished with a game-high 27 points.

O’Neal, who returned to Orlando’s lineup after missing two games because of the death of his grandmother, shot an airball after Hardaway (25 points) missed on a drive.

Dennis Rodman got the rebound and Toni Kukoc sealed the outcome on two free throws with less than a second remaining to preserve the Bulls’ sixth win in a row.

Player of the game: Chicago’s Scottie Pippen scored 17 points, had13 rebounds and five assists.

Quote: “It was a sweet win. We really kind of lost our rhythm in the second half, but we found ways to scrap and win.” – Michael Jordan.

Bulls’ record: 66-8

Compiled by Jeff Caraska from The Associated Press

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