OAKLAND – Another night, another page of the record book being rewritten by the Warriors.
This one ended, however, with a few fingernails bitten off and left inside Oracle Arena.
But with a 119-113 victory over Orlando on Monday night, the Warriors took ownership of the longest home win streak in NBA history – 45 in a row – snapping a tie with the 1994-95 and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
The Warriors are 27-0 this season at home and have not lost at Oracle since Jan. 27, 2015, when the Chicago Bulls won in overtime.
Steph Curry totaled 41 points to lead all scorers, with fellow guard Klay Thompson putting in 27. Forward Brandon Rush came off the bench to deliver 11 points.
The Warriors (56-6) made this one much harder than it needed to be, giving back most of a 19-point lead before finishing it off in the final minute.
The Warriors overcame yet another high-turnover game (24, leading to 23 Orlando points) by drilling 16-of-35 from 3-point distance and posting a 50-42 edge in rebounds.
Three players – Aaron Gordon, Brandon Jennings and Evan Fournier – each totaled 20 points to pace Orlando (27-35).
The honor on this night goes to Curry, who excelled in the process of another individual milestone.
Curry’s line: 41 points (stats), team-high 13 rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Curry became the first person in NBA history make 300 3-pointers in a season. His ongoing record now stands at 301. His 300th was a public undressing of 6-foot-10 Magic forward Ersan Ilyasova.
Curry also surpassed Hall of Famer Rick Barry and moved into third place on the all-time Warriors assists list. He now has 3,253.
After a Brandon Jennings jumper pulled Orlando within four (34-30) with 8:03 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with a 13-4 run to take a 47-34 lead with 3:33 remaining in the half.
The Magic rallied several times, getting as close as two with 73 seconds remaining, before the Warriors closed it out.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (illness) and F Andre Iguodala (L hamstring tightness) were listed as questionable. Green was declared available one hour before tipoff, as Iguodala was ruled out. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.
Magic: F Evan Fournier (R ankle sprain) and G Victor Oladipo (back contusion) were listed as questionable. Both were upgraded prior to tipoff and placed in the starting lineup. C Nikola Vucevic (R groin strain) was declared out prior to tipoff.
The Warriors return to action Wednesday night, when they play host to the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.
The longest home winning streaks in NBA history:
45 — Golden State Warriors, Jan. 31, 2015 to present
44 — Chicago Bulls, March 30, 1995 to April 4, 1996
40 — Orlando Magic, March 21, 1995 to March 19, 1996
39 — San Antonio Spurs, March 15, 2015 to present
38 — Boston Celtics, Dec. 10, 1985 to Nov. 28, 1986
36 — Philadelphia 76ers, Jan. 14, 1966 to Jan. 20, 1967
34 — Portland Trail Blazers, March 5, 1977 to Feb. 3, 1978
33 — Boston Celtics, Dec. 17, 1986 to Nov. 18, 1987
32 — Chicago Bulls, Dec. 11, 1996 to April 14, 1997
30 — Minneapolis Lakers, Nov. 30, 1949 to Nov. 19, 1950