Klay Thompson: Warriors looking to break Bulls' 72-win record

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson isn't shying away from making history.

Thompson told ESPN Radio on Friday that his Warriors will be looking to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' immortal 72-win mark.

"Oh, we will," Thompson said of his team's lofty aspirations.

The Warriors currently sit 48-4 at the All-Star break, which ranks as the best record ever for a team at the break. The reigning champions would need to finish with a record of 25-5 or better to break the Bulls' record.

They're currently on pace for 76 wins.

Granted, there would be a cost to chasing immortality. The Warriors already hold a 3 1/2 game lead over the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league, and they might want to rest some of their players down the stretch, which might compromise their competitiveness.

The Warriors have already rested Stephen Curry for two games, sat Draymond Green for one, and held out Thompson once in December on account of a wonky ankle. Two of their four losses came without Curry or Green in the lineup.

Thompson says that won't be an issue because the Warriors' second unit can hold the fort when their stars need the occasional breather on back-to-backs later in the year.

"We'll probably rest guys down the stretch," Thompson said. "But we're so deep of a team that we should have a chance to win every night."

That being said, Thompson was careful to qualify his bold proclamation with a reminder that repeating as league champions is their ultimate goal.

"It wouldn't matter," Green said of the wins record, if there wasn't a title at the finish line. "I don't think anyone will care. It'll be talked about initially, like, 'Oh, they broke the record.' But it'll fade away so quick."