OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – As all the records keep piling up for Stephen Curry, he is far from ready to pick a favorite.
There’s still too much yet to accomplish — like that best-ever Chicago Bulls’ mark of 72 wins, another championship, maybe the MVP again.
Curry scored 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make 300 3-pointers in a season, and the Golden State Warriors set another record in a season full of them by holding off the Orlando Magic 119-113 Monday night for their 45th straight home victory.
“To have protected our home court 45 straight games in the regular season, it hasn’t been done in history, so that’s a pretty special accomplishment,” Curry said. “That win record is still in reach.”
Curry didn’t match his 51-point performance against the Magic on Feb. 25 in which he hit 10 of 15 3-pointers, but shot 7-for-13 from long range and also pulled down 13 rebounds. He has 301 3s with 20 games to go.
Golden State surpassed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 44 straight regular-season home victories and improved to 27-0 at Oracle Arena this season.
Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors (56-6), who overcame a season-high 24 turnovers to bounce back from an ugly 112-95 road loss to the Lakers on Sunday that snapped a seven-game winning streak.
Coach Steve Kerr said the “46 turnovers in the last 36 hours, inexcusable. . . . If we don’t get that cleaned up then we’re in big trouble.”
“What we have to get back to is simple, simple, simple,” he said. “The simple leads to the spectacular.”
The Warriors are still chasing Chicago’s record 72-win season. Golden State’s home winning streak includes the final 18 games of last season before the franchise’s run to its first championship in 40 years. The Warriors haven’t lost a regular-season game at Oracle Arena since falling to the Bulls in overtime on Jan. 27, 2015.
Draymond Green told the fans afterward: “45 straight home wins is incredible. Without you all, this would not be possible.”
Victor Oladipo capped a 7-0 run when he made two free throws with 1:13 left to cut the Warriors’ lead to two. Thompson then hit a baseline 3-pointer under pressure with 52.5 seconds remaining and Curry followed with a layup and two free throws.
Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Orlando in his Bay Area homecoming.