Stephen Curry has first 50-point, 10-assist game of his career, overtakes Wilt Chamberlain as oldest player to do so

In Monday-evening’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Stephen Curry was held on 20 or fewer points in four consecutive games for the first time since 2014. if there was an eruption. It was only a matter of when.

In a 127-113 Warriors win over Atlanta, Curry lost 50 points and 10 assists for the first time in his career. By doing so, Curry became the first player in the league to hang a 50-piece this season, while also passing Wilt Chamberlin as the oldest player in history to hit that 50-10 line.

Curry added seven rebounds, three steals and a block to his ledger. He shot 9-for-19 of 3 and 14-for-28 overall. He made all of his 13 free throws. The Warriors, who improved to a best 9-1 in the league, needed it all. The Hawks put them in a 15-point gap in the second quarter with less than four minutes to play.

Curry, whose revised minute schedule leaves him stuck in the middle of the second quarter, hit a pair of threes and two free throws on his return to narrow Atlanta’s lead to four by the end of the half.

By the end of the third quarter, Golden State was 17 higher.

Do the math, and that’s a 32-point swing over 16 minutes of play. That’s the old warriors. One extended hot piece, or sometimes not even that long if it’s extreme enough, is all they need to bury you.

Until now, any honest conversation about the Golden State Warriors’ red-hot start has had to include their extraordinarily soft schedule. Six of their nine wins have been against the Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Rockets and Thunder (twice).

In addition to playing many bad teams to start with, the Warriors have been able to do so from the comfort of home, having played six times in a row at the Chase Center with two to go — vs. Minnesota and Chicago — on this seasonal home.

That doesn’t change what they’ve done. It’s just the necessary context for their best defensive rating and points difference in the league. Through that lens, the Atlanta win was the most impressive of the season.

Atlanta hasn’t played great to start the season, but that’s a good team, a conference finalist from a year ago, and Trae Young had it right in the first half. That Curry and the Warriors didn’t bow out when they were 15, on the second night of a back-to-back, says a lot.

As for Curry, it’s been a bit of a bumpy start to the season. As mentioned above, he had not scored more than 20 points in a week and a half. Going into the game against Atlanta, he shot 42 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3 — the latter, while a good number for most players, qualifies as borderline cold by Curry’s standards, especially if you looks at the small sample size is relatively supported by a big, 45-point night against the Clippers.

Throw that game away and Curry came in on Monday and shot just 34 percent of 3. Again, it wasn’t about breaking through. It was only a matter of when. Unfortunately for the Hawks, it happened on their watch.

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