Warriors Blow Lead, Recover to Escape Atlanta with Win No. 50

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 22: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors chases a loose ball against Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 22: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors chases a loose ball against Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After blowing a 23-point third-quarter lead, the Warriors recovered in the fourth quarter to close out the Hawks and take a 102-92 victory Friday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Steph Curry finished with a game-high 36 points as the Warriors put away the stubborn Hawks. Klay Thompson fired in 27 points and Harrison Barnes added 14.

The Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to reach 50 wins, and their 50-5 record keeps them one game ahead of the record pace of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who finished with 72 wins.

The Warriors used defense to take over the game late, after the Hawks (31-27) rallied from 23 down, closing the third quarter with a 28-6 run.

Center Andrew Bogut, bothered by a nagging Achilles strain and cleared to start shortly before game time, was particularly effective inside, where he recorded three of his five blocked shots during the comeback.

The Warriors reached the 50-win mark for the seventh time in franchise history – and the third consecutive season for the first time ever.

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SOURCE: Monte Poole CSN Bay Area