Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to 50 victories, beating the Atlanta Hawks, 102-92, Monday night in Atlanta after squandering a 23-point lead.
The Warriors (50-5) eclipsed the mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who needed one more game to win their 50th. Of course, that’s the team Golden State is chasing, moving another step closer to the record 72-10 mark put up by the Bulls in the 1995-96 season.
Atlanta closed the third quarter on a 28-6 run and grabbed the lead briefly early in the fourth. But the Warriors rallied to hand the Hawks their fourth consecutive home loss.
Klay Thompson had 27 points for the Warriors. Draymond Green had 14 rebounds and nine assists.
Al Horford led the Hawks with 23 points.
Detroit 96, at Cleveland 88: Reggie Jackson scored 23 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 and the Pistons ended a losing streak at five games.
Andre Drummond had 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who let an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter dwindle to six points before putting away the Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and Kevin Love had 24 for Cleveland. LeBron James scored 12 points, 13 below his average, and made only five of 18 shots. He missed his four three-point shots and committed six turnovers.
at Miami 101, Indiana 93 (OT): Goran Dragic scored 24 points, Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 18 rebounds, and the Heat won its third consecutive game since the All-Star break, rallying from 14 points down.
Dwyane Wade had 16 points and Justise Winslow scored 15 for Miami, which won despite shooting only 38%. The Heat grabbed 66 rebounds for the second consecutive game after reaching that mark only three times in their first 28 seasons.
Luol Deng had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Miami.
Paul George had 31 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, but Indiana’s starting backcourt of Monta Ellis and George Hill combined to miss 22 of 24 shots.
Toronto 122, at New York 95: Kyle Lowry had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double of the season, and DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to become the winningest player in Raptors history.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points for the Raptors.
DeRozan passed Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson with his 233rd victory in six-plus seasons with the Raptors.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, and Robin Lopez had 21 points and 13 rebounds.
at Minnesota 124, Boston 122: Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the Timberwolves, who shot 51.8%.
Gorgui Dieng had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
Jae Crowder had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who were also outrebounded, 51-38.
at Milwaukee 108, Lakers 101