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Stephen Curry, Warriors set NBA home win streak record vs. Magic

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) gestures after

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) gestures after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Credit: AP/ Marcio Jose Sanchez

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry scored 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make 300 3-pointers in a season, and the Golden State Warriors set another record in a season full of them by holding off the Orlando Magic 119-113 Monday night for their 45th straight home victory.

Curry didn't match his 51-point performance against the Magic on Feb. 25 in which he hit 10 of 15 3-pointers, but shot 7 for 13 from long range and also pulled down 13 rebounds. He has 301 3s with 20 games to go.

Golden State surpassed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 44 straight regular-season home victories and improved to 26-0 at Oracle Arena this season with its franchise-best sixth straight win against Orlando.

Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors (56-6), who overcame a season-high 24 turnovers to bounce back from an ugly 112-95 road loss to the Lakers on Sunday that snapped a seven-game winning streak.

The Warriors are still chasing the Bulls' record 72-win season. Golden State's home winning streak includes the final 18 games of last season before the franchise's run to its first championship in 40 years. The Warriors haven't lost a regular-season game at Oracle Arena since falling to the Bulls in overtime on Jan. 27, 2015.

Draymond Green told the fans afterward: "45 straight home wins is incredible. Without you all, this would not be possible."

Victor Oladipo capped a 7-0 run when he made two free throws with 1:13 left to cut the Warriors' lead to two. Thompson then hit a baseline 3-pointer under pressure with 52.5 seconds remaining and Curry followed with a layup at the 44.3 mark and two free throws with 32.5 seconds to play.

Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 16 rebounds in his Bay Area homecoming on a night Orlando played without leading scorer and center Nikola Vucevic because of a strained right groin

During one impressive sequence late in the third, Curry dribbled inside of the arc then back out before knocking down a 3 while being guarded by 6-foot-10 Ersan Ilyasova.

Green had 10 assists and nine rebounds with one point after being questionable earlier in the day with an illness that sent him to see a doctor during the team's morning shootaround. Brandon Rush added 11 points with three 3s off the bench as Golden State shot 16 for 35 from beyond the arc.


Steve Kerr wants the Warriors to pick it up on the defensive end — sooner rather than later — and before the pressure of the playoffs and quest for a repeat title.

Golden State doesn't typically hold shootarounds before playing on consecutive days, but with an early start Sunday at Los Angeles, Kerr "felt we needed to come in and do some things."

"I think there's been some slippage defensively the last few weeks and I think the numbers would bear that out," Kerr said. "So we need to pick up our defense, we need to pick up our intensity. We're able to bail ourselves out at times with our shooting and scoring but we know that's not good enough against the best teams in the playoffs."


Magic: Gordon, from San Jose, played in front of a large group of family and friends in his first game at Oracle Arena. ... Vucevic tried to go through shootaround earlier in the day to no avail, coach Scott Skiles said. Vucevic also missed three games Nov. 6-9 with a bone bruise in his right knee. ... The Magic were outrebounded 50-42.

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala sat out for the third time in four games with tightness in his left hamstring. Kerr said Iguodala still felt something in the leg Monday morning. "If this were a playoff game, he'd be playing," Kerr said. ... Green had his 15th game this season with double-digit assists. ... Golden State is 15-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. Since the start of last season, the Warriors are 30-5 in the second game when playing on consecutive nights. ... A moment of silence was held for the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan.


Magic: Visit the Lakers on Tuesday.

Warriors: Host Utah on Wednesday.

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