The Golden State Warriors took a record away from the Chicago Bulls last night as they returned to winning ways against the Orlando Magic.
Following their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, which has been dubbed the biggest single-game shock in NBA history, the Warriors were back at the Oracle Arena and set the record for consecutive home wins in the regular season.
After seeing their shooting desert them at the Staples Center on Sunday evening, it was back to the norm for Dub Nation as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 12 of 24 from behind the arc.
Curry finished with 41 points to drag the Warriors across the line on a night where they made 24 turnovers. Despite not being at their best, the performance was enough to see Steve Kerr's men surpass the previous record of 44 set by Michael Jordan and Co. from March 30, 1995, to April 4, 1996.
Alongside the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors are the only unbeaten franchise at their home arena this season, but their streak long surpasses the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign. Their last regular season defeat in the Bay came on January 27, 2015, when Derrick Rose inspired the Chicago Bulls to an overtime 113-111 win. The last time they lost in regulation was a 113-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on November 11, 2014.
It was not a comfortable night for the Warriors as the Orlando Magic pushed them all the way. The Dubs raced into an early lead and held a 31-18 advantage after the first quarter. Heading into the final 12 minutes, they led 94-77 but their Eastern Conference opponents never gave up and brought the deficit down to two points.
The defending champions almost turned the ball over with less than a minute remaining but Thompson picked up the loose rock and nailed a clutch three under pressure from Brandon Jennings.
The streak continues for the four-time champions and their next challenges will be to eclipse the Bulls' 72-10 season and potentially go the rest of the campaign without dropping a game at home.
They have 14 home games left to play before the playoffs and will hold serious aspirations of going 41-0. Their biggest challenge is likely to come in the shape of San Antonio, who travel to the Oracle Arena for a battle of the top two in the Western Conference on April 7.
With just six more road trips, the Warriors' chances of eclipsing the '95-'96 Bulls are looking strong. They face the Spurs twice at the AT&T Center to wrap up their four-game series but will travel to San Antonio full of confidence.
It has been a record-breaking season for the Warriors and Stephen Curry in every sense of the word, but being in such a good position now, they will be looking do everything in their power to make sure it does not slip away at the final hurdle.