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 61 games into the season:
March 6, 2016: Even a team that dominates the way the Golden State Warriors have this season is bound to stumble every now and then.
They tossed out a clunker against the Los Angeles Lakers, losing 112-95 on Sunday while shooting a season-worst 13 percent from three-point range.
Stephen Curry scored 18 points on a day the Warriors were awful offensively. Klay Thompson had 15 points, but the Splash Brothers were a combined 1 of 18 from outside the arc. In all, the league’s best long-range shooting team missed 26 of 30 attempts, a season low for makes for a team that averages nearly 13 made threes per game.
The loss snapped Golden State’s seven-game winning streak and was its first since a 32-point blowout at Portland on Feb. 19.
Player of the game: Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, who scored a game-high 25 points and made four three-pointers.
Quote: “We got what we deserved. When the ball doesn’t go in, you have to win with energy and defense and toughness, and we didn’t have any of that.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr
Warriors’ record: 55-6
March 10, 1996: The New York Knicks called it a “statement game.” Indeed it was.
The Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 104-72 on Sunday, handing their opponents their worst loss of the season.
The Knicks, who fired coach Don Nelson on Friday and replaced him with 34-year-old assistant Jeff Van Gundy, went ahead by 17 in the second quarter and watched Chicago battle back early in the third quarter and go ahead by three.
Derek Harper then almost singlehandedly turned around the game, making four three-pointers and scoring 16 of his 23 points in the period as New York brought the Madison Square Garden crowd to its feet for its loudest outburst in months.
Michael Jordan finished with a game-high 32 points, but Scottie Pippen’s 11 were the Bulls’ next-highest total. The Bulls shot just 37 percent and managed only 30 points in the second half.
Player of the game: New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing. He finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Quote: “They played with a lot of intensity. ... They put a lot of heart into it, and their coach has to get some of the credit for inspiring them.” – Bulls guard Michael Jordan
Bulls’ record: 54-7
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