Warriors tie Bulls record
OAKLAND, California (AP):
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors matched one record set by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls as they closed in on the bigger mark.
Curry scored 33 points in his return from an ankle injury and the Warriors tied Chicago's NBA record by winning their 44th straight regular-season home game, 121-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
"That's an amazing accomplishment," Curry said. "It's a compliment to us as a team, our coaching staff and obviously our fans who bring that atmosphere every night to give us the ultimate home-court advantage."
Five days after tying the NBA record with 12 3-pointers in an overtime win at Oklahoma City, Curry went five5 of 15 from long range in the rematch. But he got more than enough help from his bench to help the Warriors (55-5) move 50 games above .500 in their quest to break the Bulls' single-season mark for victories.
The Bulls won 44 consecutive home games from March 30, 1995, until April 4, 1996. That helped them set the record with 72 wins in 1995-96, a mark the Warriors remain on pace to surpass after beating the Thunder for the third time in as many tries this season.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 22 and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Thunder, who have lost six of eight since the All-Star break.
In New Orleans, Kawhi Leonard capped a 30-point, 11-rebound performance with a huge 3-pointer in the final minute as the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to seven games with a 94-86 victory over the Pelicans on Thursday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and Danny Green scored 11 for the Spurs, who trailed 86-82 before closing the game on a 12-0 run during the final 3:10. Leonard was 12-of-22 shooting.
Miami never trailed on the way to a third straight win in a 108-92 home victory over Phoenix 108-92.