Golden State Ties 1995-96 Chicago Bulls Win Record, Must Win 1 More Game
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The Golden State Warriors are resetting the bar for greatness in the NBA in multiple areas.
The Warriors were 71-9 heading into Sunday’s game (April 10, 2016) just a single game from tying the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record for season wins, but they had to face the San Antonio Spurs, who had 65 wins of their own, were undefeated at home and the last time Golden State beat the Spurs on their home court Stephen Curry was 8-years-old and Tim Duncan was still playing at Wake Forrest !!
San Antonio also boasted a 48 consecutive regular-season games at home, including an NBA-record 39 straight wins at home to begin this season.
Despite the tall order in front of the Warriors, they were able to pull out a 92-86 victory over the Spurs behind Stephen Curry’s 37 points.
Golden State was able to end their 33-game losing streak (dating back to 1997) to the Spurs at home by keeping the speed of the game fast and utilizing their “small ball” style of play. In San Antonio’s lone victory over Golden State this season, the Spurs slowed the game down and was able to beat the defending NBA champions playing half-court basketball.
San Antonio tried to keep up with the Warriors, but Stephen Curry dominated the fourth quarter, often making points driving to the rim as the Spurs denied Curry chances to shoot from three-point land.
Draymond Green finished with 11 points and more importantly harassed Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 20 points on 7-22 shooting, defensively the entire game.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 24 points, but San Antonio has lost three straight games for the first time this season.
It has come down to the wire – if the Warriors win, they take the record ..
The playoffs are looming and the Warriors are sitting atop the Western Conference and the Spurs are right on their heels at No. 2, so there is a good chance that these two teams are still not finished playing each other.
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