The Golden State Warriors continued their record-setting tear Monday, earning a 119-113 victory over the Orlando Magic. As a result, they moved to 56-6 on the season and set an NBA record in the process:
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As usual, Stephen Curry led the way with 41 points, 13 rebounds and four steals behind seven three-pointers, while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson added 27 points in the victory.
The win was Golden State's 45th straight at Oracle Arena.
Curry did more than just turn in yet another sparkling stat line Monday. He drilled his 300th three-pointer of the campaign, extending his own record for most makes from long-range in one season. The fact he did it in incredible, Curry-like fashion made it all the more exciting:
Golden State's last regular-season home loss came back on Jan. 27, 2015 against the Chicago Bulls in overtime. Since then, the Warriors won their last 18 home games of the 2014-15 season and proceeded to capture their first 27 of this season.
NBA.com noted the Warriors "have outscored their opponents by an average of 14 points at home since the streak began Jan. 31, 2015, versus Phoenix."
The Bulls of 1994-95 and 1995-96 held the old mark for consecutive regular-season home victories. This is far from the first link between Golden State and those hallowed Chicago teams. The Warriors are on pace to surpass the 1995-96 Bulls' NBA-best record of 72-10; that Chicago squad is the only team in history to so much as touch 70 wins.
"There's not many opportunities that you probably have to go after that record," Curry said to CNN's Andy Scholes (via CNN's Jill Martin). "Obviously, going to win a championship, that's the main goal. But there's a reason that we're still talking about that '95-96 Bulls team that was able to accomplish the 72-10 record. They were on a mission that year and ended up winning the championship as well. So, that's kind of where we want to be.
"But when you have a shot at history and being the best regular-season team in the history of the NBA, I think you've got to go for it."
The Warriors have a great chance of besting the Bulls' record. Their next five contests are all at home, where they seemingly never lose, and only the Portland Trail Blazers are a playoff team from that group of opponents. Golden State will also face the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks in that stretch.
If Curry and his teammates continue to take care of business at home, Monday's record won't be the only one they set this season. The 72-win mark is within their grasp.