Stephen Curry scored an NBA season-high 50 points with nine three-pointers, 10 assists and seven rebounds, almost single-handedly leading the Golden State Warriors past the Atlanta Hawks 127-113 on Monday night.
Only Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry had registered a game with 50 points and 10 assists in Warriors franchise history. Curry notched his 10th career 50-point game and already had 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting by halftime with five three-pointers.
He wound up 14 for 28 from the floor and made all 13 of his free throws as the Warriors won their fifth straight to move to 9-1 for the season, the best record in the league. They are holding opponents to 95.8 points during the unbeaten stretch.
Trae Young had 28 points and nine assists in Atlanta’s fourth straight loss and sixth in seven.
Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists before the NBA MVP was ejected for violently slamming his shoulder into Markieff Morris, and Denver beat Miami. With 2:39 remaining, Morris elbowed Jokic in the midsection at half court. Jokic retaliated with a hard shove from behind that knocked Morris to the floor. Morris rolled in pain as teammates pushed Jokic away. Medical personnel brought a stretcher onto the floor but Morris was able to get up and walk off the floor on his own.
Meanwhile, Anthony Davis scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had his first triple-double with the Lakers and Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 29 points off the bench as Los Angeles defeated Charlotte. Westbrook notched his 185th career triple-double. Finishing with 17 points and 14 assists, six of his 12 rebounds came in the fourth quarter and overtime.