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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors hold off Grizzlies

Stephen Curry struggled from the field, making just 7 of 22 attempts on Saturday, but the Warriors kept alive their chances of setting the wins mark.
Stephen Curry struggled from the field, making just 7 of 22 attempts on Saturday, but the Warriors kept alive their chances of setting the wins mark. 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’s where the teams stood 80 games into the season:

Warriors

April 9: Draymond Green scored on a tip-in in with 1 minute left, and the Warriors rallied from 10 points down early in the fourth quarter and beat the host Memphis Grizzlies 100-99 to tie at least one NBA record held by the 1995-96 Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Golden State now has 33 road wins, tying those Bulls, who went 33-8 away from Chicago.

Player of the game: Green had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Quote: “I want people to remember me as a winner,” Green said. “I’ve always said that. To have the all-time wins record, that speaks for itself.”

Warriors’ record: 71-9

Bulls

April 18, 1996: Chicago had no letdown two nights after recording its historic 70th victory. Jordan scored 30 points in just 24 minutes as the Bulls routed the visiting Detroit Pistons 110-79, who played without Grant Hill and Joe Dumars.

Toni Kukoc and Randy Brown both came off the bench to score 16 points. Kukoc shot 60 percent from the floor, had five rebounds and four assists. Brown shot 63.6 percent, had six steals and three assists.

Player of the game: Dennis Rodman had 18 rebounds and in just 22 minutes. He scored nine points and had three assists and a blocked shot.

Quote: “I don’t think there’s any lack of motivation for us. We believe in having momentum going into the playoffs. It’s not going to be a cakewalk.” – Luc Longley told the Chicago Tribune.

Bulls’ record: 71-9

Compiled by Chris La Marr and Jeff Caraska from The Associated Press

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