Post Up: Fastest to Fifty

The Golden State Warriors become the fastest team in NBA history to hit 50 wins.
by February 23, 2016

Pistons 96 (28-29), Cavaliers 88 (40-15)

The Detroit Pistons’ losing streak ended at five on Monday night, as they earned a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. They held LeBron James to just 12 points and overcame Kyrie Irving‘s 30. Detroit led by as many as 18 points Monday, with all five of their starters in double-figs. Reggie Jackson headed the charge with 23 points, and Andre Drummond added 16 points and 15 boards in his squad’s first win since February 4.

Heat 101 (32-24), Pacers 93 (30-26) OT

When the Indiana Pacers opened this game with an 11-0 lead, it didn’t look like Miami would end up taking the win at the end of an overtime. The Heat rallied from 14 points down to come back against the Indiana Pacers and steal a win. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 24 points and 5 assists, and both Hassan Whiteside (19 points, 18 rebounds, 6 blocks)  and Luol Deng (13 points, 16 rebounds) added in double-doubles. Paul George finished with 31 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Raptors 122 (37-18), Knicks 95 (24-34)

Kyle Lowry finished with a triple-double in the Raptors’ visit to Madison Square Garden on Monday night. With 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Lowry led the Raps to 27 points up.  Needless to say, it was too deep a hole for the Knicks to dig out of.

Warriors 102 (50-5), Hawks 92 (31-27)

Fifty. And the quickest team in NBA history to do so. Stephen Curry finished with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the Warriors to yet another win. It didn’t come too easy though. Despite trailing by 23 points halfway into the third quarter, the Hawks managed to actually take a brief lead in the fourth, before the Dubs did their thing and won…again.

Bucks 108 (24-33), Lakers 101 (11-47)

The Milwaukee Bucks led by as many as 28 points on Monday night, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Deer took care of their visitors from Los Angeles. The Greek Freak finished with his first-ever triple double of 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Young Bucks clobbered the Lakers in the paint 58-22, with seven players scoring double-digits in Kobe’s last game in Milwaukee.

Timberwolves 124 (18-39), Celtics 122 (33-25)

Karl-Anthony Towns put up another double-double (28 points, 13 rebounds) as his Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Boston Celtics at the Target Center on Monday. The Wolves led by as many as 16 early in the game. They were up 14 with just a few minutes left in the fourth, but nearly gave it away to the Celtics as the game winded down. Lucky for them, Marcus Smart’s three-point attempt to win came up short.

Clippers 124 (37-19), Suns 84 (14-43)

Forty-point blowout win? Forty-point blowout win. JJ Redick led the Clippers with 22 points as five other teammates added in double-figures of their own, contributing to LA’s 55 percent shooting from the field. They held their opponents to just 35 percent shooting and handed ’em quite an embarrassing loss on the road. Sorry? Not sorry.