What a difference 24 hours makes.
A day after their worst performance of the season, the Warriors were back to draining threes — 16-of-35, 45.7 percent — led by Stephen Curry scoring 41 while setting a new milestone beyond the arc. More than that the Warriors were back to playing fast, moving the ball, and playing their spirited brand of basketball.
And winning. Golden State rushed out to a comfortable lead then hung on at the end to beat Orlando 119-113 Monday at Oracle Arena.
This was the 45th consecutive home win for the Warriors, setting the record for consecutive wins by passing the 1996 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls — the team the Warriors are on pace to beat for greatest single-season record in NBA history (those Bulls were 72-10, the Warriors are 56-6). Once again the raucous crowd in Oakland (one of the league’s loudest arenas) was in full voice as they wanted to see history made. The last time those fans saw the Warriors lose at home was Jan. 27, 2015, to the Chicago Bulls in a game that went to overtime.
It’s just another milestone in a seeming season of them for the Warriors. Just like Stephen Curry knocking down his 300th three-pointer of the season Monday night — and doing it in vintage Curry fashion.
That also is a single-season record for most threes, although ever three Curry hits now sets a new record. The old record was 286, which Curry set last season.
This record-setting win from the Warriors was far from a pretty thing. The Warriors turned the ball over on 21 percent of their possessions, and the Warriors defense wasn’t consistent. They have played to the level of their opponents lately. It allowed a scrappy Magic team to hang around and make a run in the fourth quarter, making sure Curry was not going to get to rest during the final frame. Orlando had a balanced attack — Aaron Gordon, Brandon Jennings, and Evan Fournier all scored 20 points.
But it wasn’t enough to overcome the Warriors, who keep winning thanks to the best backcourt in the NBA. Curry had 41, Klay Thompson added 27, and the two had 11 more threes made than on Sunday. That was enough for Monday night.
And it was enough for a milestone record for the Warriors. Now they have other milestones in mind — 73 wins, then most importantly another title.