The Golden State Warriors (54-5) are in hot pursuit of the 1996-1996 Chicago Bulls' all-time best 72-10 regular-season record with 23 games left to play, but the defending champions can steal some history from that Michael Jordan-led squad much sooner.
Following Tuesday’s 109-105 overtime victory over Atlanta, the Warriors remained a perfect 25-0 at home this season and extended their winning streak at Oracle Arena to 43 consecutive games, which puts them one back of the Bulls record 44-game home streak set back in 1996.
And even with point guard Stephen Curry missing just his third game of the season due to a sore ankle, the Warriors next five games includes three matchups with playoff contenders, one against a fringe postseason squad, and one against the Western Conference bottom dweller Los Angeles Lakers.
Less than four days after Curry buried Oklahoma City with a 32-foot three-pointer to sew up an overtime road victory, the Thunder will try to get their revenge by handing Golden State its first home loss since Jan. 2015 on Thursday night at Oracle.
The Warriors next head back to the road to meet the Lakers on Sunday. Los Angeles received a huge boon for the future with rookie guard D’Angelo Russell going off for 39 points in a 107-101 victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday, and though the win snapped an eight-game losing streak the Lakers are still 12-49 on year.
Though Golden State will likely roll over the Lakers, they’ll also play the following night at home against Orlando. The Magic have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, but they own just a 10-18 road record this season and Golden State already claimed a 130-114 victory at Orlando just last week.
Golden State will next host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, March 9, having claimed a 106-103 win back on Nov. 30 and a lopsided 103-85 blowout victory on Dec. 23.
The Trail Blazers, who have gone 9-1 in their last 10 to rise to No. 7 in the West, will then try to be the only squad to beat the Warriors twice this season. Behind point guard Damian Lillard’s 51 points, Portland completely upended Golden State with a 137-105 victory on Feb. 19.
The Warriors struggled with turnovers against Portland, committing 20 total, nine of which were charged to forward Draymond Green.
Warriors TV Schedule
Thursday, March 3 vs. Oklahoma City, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Sunday, March 6 at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Monday, March 7 vs. Orlando, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, FS Florida)
Wednesday, March 9 vs. Utah, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, Root Sports)
Friday, March 11 vs. Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest)