Defending champions, the Golden State Warriors are chasing the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record for the best regular season in the NBA. Although they’re still quite far from achieving it, the Warriors notched up another record by winning against Orlando Magic on Monday. Golden State now has 45 straight wins at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors surpassed the Chicago Bulls’ previous record of 44 straight wins at home set in 1995-96 by beating the Orlando Magic 119-113. Stephen Curry and company were shocked by the Los Angeles Lakers on road trip in their last game on Sunday. On Monday, the Golden State had to overcome their initial sloppiness in the final stages to out-play Orlando.
The team’s home-winning streak dates back to January 2015. Both Bulls and the Warriors’ winning streak spans over two seasons, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Stephen Curry became the first player to score 300-three pointers in one NBA season. The MVP led the Warriors with 41 points and 13 rebounds. Curry posted seven from beyond the arc, redeeming himself from his dismal show at Los Angeles; one of the rare occasions where he could only manage one-3 pointer.
The 300th three-pointer was a rare spectacle. Curry showed good ball-handling skills against Orlando’s 6-foot-10 Ersan Ilyasova and after a cross-over move, he stepped back and unleashed a 28-footer shot.
The Warriors are now 56-6. The game become interesting in the fourth quarter, as Orlando put up a stiff challenge. Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Curry sunk another 28-footer to lift the Warriors 109-100 with four minutes of the final quarter remaining, still Orlando wasn’t ready to give up the fight. With only 70 seconds of left in the ball-game, Gordon reduced the lead to two points. Evan Fournier posted 20 points, and Victor Oladipo added 19 to the tally, as reported by SB Nation.
The Warriors are now 16 games away from the Bulls’ 72-10 regular season record. Golden State, for the moment, looks strong enough to take that record as well.