Adande: Do the Warriors have the Bulls' taste for revenge?

Charles Barkley: Bulls’ 72-win team ‘would kill’ Warriors (3:03)

ESPN NBA Insider Amin Elhassan explores who would win between the 1995-96 Bulls and 2015-16 Warriors and why the Warriors are able to dominate despite their lack of size. (3:03)

Through the first quarter of the season, the Golden State Warriors have shown they can maintain the pace of the 72-10 record of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

We’re about to see if the Warriors can match the Bulls’ capacity for revenge.

One of the hallmarks of that Bulls team was that once the players realized they were on their way to a historic season they absolutely punished teams that had the audacity to beat them.

The Orlando Magic handed the Bulls their first loss six games into the season. The Bulls let them off the hook, beating them by nine points the next time they played. After that, the Bulls were all about annihilation. The Seattle SuperSonics gave Chicago loss No. 2 on Nov. 26. When they had the rematch in January the Bulls won, 113-87.

The Bulls didn’t have to wait as long to avenge their third loss. The Indiana Pacers got ’em on Dec. 26, then had the misfortune of being the Bulls’ next opponent three days later. Bulls 120, Pacers 93. The New York Knicks dealt the Bulls their worst loss of the season, 104-72, on March 10. The next time they played, Chicago won, 107-86.

In all, the schedule gave the Bulls a rematch opportunity for six of their 10 losses. The Bulls’ average margin of victory the next time they played an opponent who beat them was 20 points. The Warriors get the Milwaukee Bucks in their building Friday, only six games after the Bucks dealt them their first loss of the season.

The Warriors took note of the way the Bucks acted near the end of that game and immediately afterward. The players have had plenty to say about it both before and after they demolished the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night.

The real test is what they do about it. If they’re going to duplicate or surpass the standards set by the 1995-96 Bulls, a 20-point victory is in order.


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