OAKLAND — Stephen Curry scored 33 points a few hours after coach Steve Kerr declared Golden State is all about the NBA wins record, and the Warriors stayed right on track to make more history Wednesday night with a 114-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Klay Thompson added 32 points with seven 3-pointers, Curry drew a rare technical in the fourth and Harrison Barnes had 11 points and six rebounds as Golden State (64-7) stayed one game ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls’ pace in their record 72-win season.
The Warriors won their 51st straight regular-season home game, improving to 33-0 this season at rockin’ Oracle Arena — where the fans let the rival Clippers have it at every opportunity.
DeAndre Jordan scored 19 points for the Clippers, swept by Golden State for the first time since dropping all six meetings in 1985-86.
Thompson was 7 of 10 on 3s. Curry was 4 of 10 — putting him at 7 for 31 over the past three games after he was just 3 for 21 from long range in a loss Saturday at San Antonio and Monday’s win at Minnesota.
The reigning MVP scored 14 first-half points — nine in the first quarter.
Draymond Green had 12 points and 12 rebounds for his 28th double-double.
Kerr is going for the record, and as long as his Golden State players are healthy they’re going to be on the court.
The Warriors want the top seed out West. They absolutely want to break the Bulls’ mark.
“I’ve maintained all along we’re trying to get the 1 seed. That’s a really important deal for us. We’re not there yet,” Kerr said, then added of besting the Bulls, “That’s pretty enticing. It’s the players who are setting the record.”
Kerr and Michael Jordan each played 82 games during that special Chicago season, one of four straight years Kerr did so and still something he prides himself in accomplishing.
He knows it’s not easy.
“Could a couple of our guys use a little mental rest and take a night off? Probably,” Kerr said. “But I wouldn’t do that at the expense of losing games and possibly losing the 1 seed.”