Warriors focused on repeating as champions, not on records

Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:26am EST
 
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By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors have reached 50 wins faster than any team in National Basketball Association history although the players are far from complacent as they work toward their goal of repeating as league champions.

Golden State improved to 50-5 with a 102-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, eclipsing the mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls who needed one more game to get to the milestone en route to landing their fourth NBA title in six seasons.

But the Warriors, chasing the record 72-10 mark put up by the Michael Jordan-led Bulls in that same season, are more focused on perfecting their game to ensure they are the last team standing when the NBA championship is decided in June.

"We understand the potential we have but can't get ahead of ourselves," Stephen Curry said after scoring a game-high 36 points against the Hawks.

"Fifty wins is great but we've got to keep plugging away and stay hungry because nobody wants to talk about that in June."

The Warriors appeared to be heading for a rout against the struggling Hawks before a 23-point advantage turned into a four-point deficit during a seven-minute span.

A dominant finish by Curry and solid defense from Andrew Bogut helped Golden State silence the Atlanta crowd and send a message to the league that their team can handle adversity.

"I liked our response," said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. "They were on fire in their home building.   Continued...

 
Feb 22, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is defended by Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports