ATLANTA –– Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to 50 wins, beating the Atlanta Hawks 102-92 last night 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 Michael Jordan and company at the height of their six-titles-in-eight-years dynasty.
Atlanta closed the third quarter on a 28-6 run and grabbed the lead briefly early in the fourth, igniting the sellout crowd. But the Warriors would not be denied, bouncing back to hand the Hawks their fourth straight home loss.
Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors. Both he and Curry knocked down five shots from 3-point range. Draymond Green had 14 rebounds and nine assists. Al Horford led the Hawks with 23 points.
In Cleveland, Reggie Jackson scored 23 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 19 and Detroit withstood Cleveland’s late comeback to snap a five-game losing streak with a 96-88 win.
One day after allowing New Orleans center Anthony Davis to score 59 points with 20 rebounds, the Pistons beat the Eastern Conference’s top team for the second time this season.
Andre Drummond added 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who let an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter dwindle to six before putting away the Cavs and ending their five-game winning streak.
Kyrie Irving scored 30 and Kevin Love 24 for Cleveland, which had an off night after looking so impressive in a win at Oklahoma City on Sunday. LeBron James scored just 12 points –– 13 below his average –– and went 5 of 18 from the floor, missing all four 3-point tries and committing six turnovers.
Tobias Harris, acquired from Orlando in a trade last week, scored 14 in his first start for the Pistons.
Other scores: Heat 101, Pacers 93 OT; Raptors 122, Knicks 95; Timberwolves 124, Celtics 122; Bucks 108, Lakers 101.