VIDEO: Warriors set NBA record with 45th consecutive home win
OAKLAND — The Warriors’ run on the record books continued Monday with a 119-113 victory over the Magic as Stephen Curry made seven of 13 3-pointers as part of a night that also included 41 points and 13 rebounds, giving Golden State the all-time record with a 45th consecutive home win in the regular season.
Responding to a shocking 19-point loss against the Lakers the day before in Los Angeles, the Warriors topped the mark previously held by the Bulls, set from March 30, 1995, to April 4, 1996 — a Chicago team that included current Golden State coach Steve Kerr at guard. The Warriors, also using two seasons to set the record, improved to 27-0 at Oracle Arena and remained a possibility, along with the Spurs at 30-0, for the first 41-0 finish in NBA history.
The Warriors last lost at home during the regular season on Jan. 27, 2015, an overtime setback against the Bulls, before winning the next 18. That was followed by 27 in a row to start 2015-16, although the Grizzlies and Cavaliers both won at Oracle during the playoffs.
Kerr has been downplaying the record for days, noting last Thursday, when asked about the excitement building around the team and celebrities coming to Oracle Arena: “Somebody told me that we were nearing the Bulls. Well, I was on the Bulls team and I didn’t even know we had that record. In the long run, 20 years from now, nobody’s going to care. What matters to us is winning the championship. That’s our goal. Our goal, and we’ve talked about it over and over again, is to be the one seed in the West. We want to have the one seed and home court throughout the playoffs so we can play playoff games in front of Prince and whoever else is here.”
The Warriors, on pace for 74 wins in all, two better than the record held by 1995-96 Bulls, host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday (10:30 ET, NBA League Pass). The Trail Blazers come to Oakland on Friday (10:30 ET, NBA League Pass), followed by a string of teams with losing records — the Suns, Pelicans and Knicks.