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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors tie for NBA’s 2nd-highest win total

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates a score during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Curry scored a game-high 39 points and made nine three-pointers.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates a score during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Curry scored a game-high 39 points and made nine three-pointers. 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 77 games into the season:

WARRIORS

April 3, 2016: Stephen Curry scored 39 points and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from their first regular-season home loss in more than 14 months by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 136-111 on Sunday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., to tie the mark for the second-most wins in a season.

Draymond Green had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double for the Warriors, who matched the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers with 69 wins. Golden State needs to win four of its final five games to break the record of 72 victories set by Chicago in 1995-96.

Boston snapped Golden State’s record 54-game regular-season home winning streak Friday. But after falling behind by 11 points early Sunday, the Warriors found their groove and improved to 8-0 following losses this season. No team has ever gone an entire season without losing back-to-back games.

Damian Lillard scored 38 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

The Warriors were 18 of 30 from outside the arc to make Golden State the first team in NBA history to hit 1,000 three-pointers in a season.

Player of the game: Curry. He was 13 of 21 from the field, including 9 of 13 on three-pointers.

Quote: “I really liked the focus and just how sharp we were compared to the other night. Good response to the loss.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr

Warriors’ record: 69-8

BULLS

April 12, 1996: Michael Jordan scored a game-high 23 points and Dennis Rodman had 16 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls moved within two victories of the unprecedented 70-win mark with a 112-82 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.

The 68 wins set a team record and tied the Bulls with the 1966-67 Sixers and 1972-73 Boston Celtics for second-most in NBA history. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers hold the league mark with 69.

Player of the game: Bulls guard Michael Jordan. He scored 17 points in the third quarter, then sat out the rest of the game.

Bulls’ record: 68-9

The Associated Press

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