Hawks, Warriors win 50th games of NBA season
The Associated Press
Mar. 10, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks bounced back from a rare loss to score a season-high 130 points in a rout of the Sacramento Kings on Monday, becoming the first NBA team to 50 wins this season.
Hours later, the Golden State Warriors joined them in the 50-win club, beating the Phoenix Suns 98-80.
Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll each scored 20 points for the Hawks, who had their best game of the season in defeating the Kings 130-105.
The Hawks set a club record by going 20 of 36 from 3-point range, breaking the mark of 19 set against Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.
They also finished with 42 assists, best in the NBA this season.
"We'll pass up a good shot to get a great shot," said Carroll, who scored all of his points in the first half, connecting on 4 of 6 from 3-point range. "When you have guys that don't care about the glory, this is the result."
Resting three starters, the East-leading Hawks (50-13) were beaten by the lowly 76ers over the weekend.
Golden State (50-12) maintained a half-game lead over the Hawks by beating the Suns.
Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half and Klay Thompson added 25 for the Warriors.
Curry made 7 of 13 3-pointers, 6 of 8 in the second half, in his 13th 30-point game of the season.
In other games, Anthony Davis matched a career high with 43 points to lead New Orleans past Milwaukee 114-103, Marc Gasol scored 23 points to lift Memphis past his brother Pau and Chicago 101-91 and the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers got a 89-76 victory over Minnesota.
New Orleans kept pace with Oklahoma City for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, pulling within a half game of the Thunder.
After Milwaukee took a 101-100 lead with 3:35 remaining on a runner by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Davis scored eight consecutive points to help New Orleans close the game on a 14-2 run. He recorded his third career 40-point game.
The Pelicans shot 59 percent for the game and 60 percent from 3-point range.
Marc Gasol was 10 of 16 from the field for the Grizzlies, who moved two games ahead of idle Houston for the Southwest Division lead.
His older brother, Pau Gasol, had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his 43rd double-double of the season to match the career high he set during the 2010-11 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In Los Angeles, J.J. Redick scored 26 points and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who are still without Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford.
Chris Paul managed just two points and 15 assists while playing 29 minutes on a bruised knee.
Elsewhere, Marcin Gortat scored 20 points as Washington rolled past Charlotte 95-69. John Wall added 15 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who ended a nine-game road losing streak.
In Miami, Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points in another strong game off the bench as Boston beat the Heat.
The New York Knicks became the first team to lose 50 games this season, falling to Denver 106-78. The Knicks are 12-50 overall.