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Warriors bounce back from shock loss to close in on wins record

The Golden State Warriors have to win four of their remaining five games to beat the Chicago Bulls’ NBA record.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

THE GOLDEN STATE Warriors moved within four games of breaking the NBA’s win record after rebounding from a rare home loss to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 136-111.

Draymond Green and Steph Curry starred as reigning champions the Warriors tied the mark for the second-most league wins with their 69th of the season on Sunday.

After bouncing back from their first home defeat of the campaign on Friday, which snapped a 54-game regular-season streak, the Warriors matched the Chicago Bulls (1996-97) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1971-72).

The Warriors (69-8) are now three adrift of the 1995-96 Bulls’ 72-win record with five games remaining.

Green posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a triple-double display, while Curry posted a game-high 39 points, which included nine three-pointers as the Warriors became the first team to make 1,000 threes in a single season.

The Trail Blazers (41-37), who remain half a game behind the fifth-placed Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference after their four-game winning streak was snapped, were led by Damian Lillard’s 38 points.

In Orlando, the slumping Grizzlies fell to a sixth consecutive loss, beaten 119-107 by the Magic.

The Cleveland Cavaliers edged closer to sealing the top play-off seed in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 112-103 victory at home to the Charlotte Hornets.

LeBron James scored 31 points and tallied 12 assists as the Cavaliers (55-22) pulled three and a half games clear of the Toronto Raptors (51-25).

Also on Sunday, the Houston Rockets boosted their post-season hopes with a 118-110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Blake Griffin returned from his three-month absence to help the Los Angeles Clippers past the Washington Wizards 114-109.

Paul George nailed a go-ahead jumper with 23.6 seconds remaining as the Indiana Pacers earned a share of seventh position in the Eastern Conference via a 92-87 triumph at the New York Knicks.

The Chicago Bulls held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-98, the Utah Jazz accounted for the Phoenix Suns 101-86, the Dallas Mavericks downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 88-78, the Brooklyn Nets lost 106-87 to the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Boston Celtics saw off the Los Angeles Lakers 107-100.

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