Warriors match '95-'96 Bulls with 72nd regular-season win


Steph Curry scored 37 points, as the Warriors ended the Spurs' 48-game home regular-season winning streak.Chris Covatta/NBAE/Getty Images

Steph Curry scored 37 points, as the Warriors ended the Spurs’ 48-game home regular-season winning streak.

<WC1>SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors got a momentous victory in the one place they hadn’t won in nearly two decades.

Now, they’re one win away from pushing Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls off a major record.

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

“We can get to 73,” forward Draymond Green said. “That’s the significance for me of 72.”

The defending champions finish their regular season at home against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

“Obviously, we’re in the moment, enjoying the ride,” Curry said. “The goal is to win a championship. That’s the goal. But we put ourselves in a great position to end the season with a win and do something no team has done in the history. That’s an amazing accomplishment.”

The Warriors got No. 72 by doing what nobody else had this season — beating the Spurs in San Antonio.

The Spurs had won 48 consecutive regular-season games at home, including an NBA-record 39 straight to begin 2015-16. Golden State also ended a 33-game skid in San Antonio that dated to 1997.

“Definitely sweet because we broke the streak,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “That’s all the media would talk about for the last few years. It’s tough to win here. It definitely was huge for us.”

San Antonio sat Tim Duncan for rest and was without an injured Boris Diaw. It had not lost at home since March 2015. The Spurs also fell to Golden State on Thursday night 112-101.

The Warriors dominated the fourth quarter in taking the season series against the Spurs 3-1. Curry controlled the action with a series of layups when San Antonio’s defense attempted to run him off the 3-point line.

“They just exploded,” Spurs forward David West said. “Steph just took over the game. We weren’t able to get to him, keep bodies in front of him.”

Curry had 20 points in the second half while Golden State erupted after a sluggish start.

In their lone victory over Golden State this season, San Antonio managed to slow the game down. The Spurs tried to match the Warriors’ pace Sunday, though, leading to a tense and at times sloppy game.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points to lead the Spurs, who have lost three straight for the first time this season. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points but shot 7 for 22 from the field while continually being harried by Draymond Green.

Green got a technical for charging directly toward Monty McCutcheon at the scorer’s table after the official ruled he fouled Leonard in the first half. With Andrew Bogut screaming from the Warriors’ bench for teammates to grab Green, the Warriors’ energetic forward followed McCutcheon across the court to continue his argument. A second technical was not issued.

Green finished with 11 points and Thompson added 14 for Golden State.



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