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 66 games into the season:
March 14, 2016: Stephen Curry had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 for their record 49th consecutive regular-season home victory.
Draymond Green added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (60-6), who are 31-0 at Oracle Arena this season. With 16 games to go, they remain one game ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ pace in their record 72-win season.
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Player of the game: Birthday songs, MVP chants, and a serenade and piece of cake from his toddler daughter, Riley, made it a great day for Curry – all after his fifth Western Conference Player of the Week award this season and second in two weeks.
He shot 4 for 9 from 3-point range and 10 of 16 overall.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, while Toney Douglas drew the tough task of defending Curry.
Klay Thompson added 18 points for Golden State, which swept the teams’ first-round playoff series last year 4-0.
Quote: “I hope to keep getting better, that’s the mission, and I'll never be satisfied with where I’m at. I always want to find different ways to improve. I guess I’m officially in my prime, but we'll see how far this thing can go.” – Curry
Warriors’ record: 60-6
March 19, 1996: Michael Jordan scored 20 points and Toni Kukoc 18 to lead the Bulls to an 89-67 victory over the Kings in Chicago.
Jordan was 7 of 16 from the field (he missed all three of his three-point attempts) and committed six turnovers for Chicago, which outscored Sacramento 25-7 in the fourth quarter.
Chicago also got 12 points from Ron Harper, who added seven rebounds and three assists.
Sacramento’s Mitch Richmond led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-20 shooting, including 3 of 5 from three-point range.
Player of the game: Kukoc, who shot 6 of 12 from the field, was also 2 of 5 from beyond the arc while adding five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.
Bulls’ record: 59-7
The Associated Press