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Chasing the Bulls: Warriors tie NBA record for regular-season wins

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, and Draymond Green embrace after beating the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 10, 2016, in San Antonio. Golden State won 92-86 to tie the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with 72 regular-season NBA wins.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, and Draymond Green embrace after beating the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 10, 2016, in San Antonio. Golden State won 92-86 to tie the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with 72 regular-season NBA wins. The Associated Press

Warriors

April 10, 2016: The Golden State Warriors got an historic victory in the one place they hadn’t won in nearly two decades.

Stephen Curry had 37 points and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-86 Sunday night for their 72nd win, tying the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the regular-season record.

The Warriors will finish their regular season at home against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The Spurs had won 48 consecutive regular-season games at home, including an NBA-record 39 in a row to begin this season. Golden State ended a 33-game skid in San Antonio that dated to 1997.

San Antonio had not lost at home since March 2015.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points to lead the Spurs, who have lost three in a row for the first time this season.

Player of the game: Curry, who shot 13 for 22 from the field and 7 of 7 on free throws. He also had five rebounds and five assists.

Quote: “Feels great. That’s something I wanted bad ... and 73 is going to feel a lot better.” – Warriors forward Draymond Green

Warriors’ record: 72-9

Bulls

April 20, 1996: Even in this record-setting season, the Chicago Bulls can’t have all the records.

The Bulls failed to tie the NBA mark for home wins in a season, falling in the regular-season home finale when Eddie Johnson’s last-second free throw gave the Indiana Pacers a 100-99 victory.

Michael Jordan, who scored 24 points in 31 minutes, was called for fouling Johnson on a desperation 22-foot jumper with a half-second to go.

The Bulls, the only team in NBA history to win 70 games in a season, lost two of their final four home games after winning their first 37 to set a league record. They needed a win to tie the 1985-86 Boston Celtics’ mark of 40-1. The other home loss, to Charlotte on April 8, was also by one point.

Player of the game: Pacers forward Dale Davis, who had 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Quote: “I wanted it really bad. I wanted to be 40-1. I wanted to tie the record. That would have been another notch in our belt.” – Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Bulls’ record: 71-10

The Associated Press; compiled by Noel Harris

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