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The Golden State Warriors survived a late surge from the Atlanta Hawks to secure their 50th win of the season.

In leaving the Philips Arena with a 102-92 victory, the reigning NBA champions became the fastest team in NBA history to reach the half-century mark in a campaign - one game quicker than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Steph Curry top-scored for the Warriors with 36 points, while his fellow splash brother Klay Thompson ended the night with 27. Al Horford led the way for Atlanta with 23.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Golden State. Up by 23 points in the third quarter, the Western Conference leaders allowed the Hawks to go on a 28-6 run that saw Atlanta briefly take the lead in the fourth.

The Dubs recovered, though, to improve their record to 50-5. The Hawks are now 31-27.

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Streaks ended

The Detroit Pistons snapped a five-game losing streak to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-88 at the Quickens Loan Arena.

Led by Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, with 23 and 19 points respectively, Detroit handed the leaders of the Eastern Conference their first defeat since February 6.

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers recovered from an 18-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap to six points but, ultimately, fell short of their sixth straight win.

LeBron James, who acknowledged lacking energy in the back-to-back game, finished with just 12 points and was 5-of-18 from the field. Kyrie Irving led the team with 30.

Dominant in LA

In Los Angeles, the Clippers earned their biggest win of the season with a 124-84 win over the Phoenix Suns - handing their opponents their biggest defeat of the campaign in the process.

The Clippers led from tip-off to the final buzzer as six of their roster finished with double figures in points scored.

JJ Reddick, 22 points and 4-of-6 from three-point range, led the team while both Chris Paul (16 points, 14 assists) and DeAndre Jordan (17 points, 11 rebounds) finished with double-doubles.

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The Suns saw Archie Goodwin score 20 points off the bench but it wasn't enough for a team now without a road win since December 7.

Heat enjoy overtime success

The Miami Heat came out on top in the battle of Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls as they secured a 101-93 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers.

The Heat, again without Chris Bosh, recovered from a 0-11 start to the game and ultimately outscored their rivals 13-5 in the extra period.

Goran Dragic ended the night with a team-high 24 points and Hassan Whiteside put up a 19 point, 18 rebound performance.

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

The Pacers had a chance to win the game in regulation after Dwyane Wade had fouled Monta Ellis with 0.8 seconds on the clock and the score at 88-87 in Miami's favour.

Ellis, however, could only sink one of his two free throws. Paul George top-scored for Indiana with 31 points.

Rookie leads the way

The Minnesota Timberwolves grabbed their 18th win of the season courtesy of a 124-122 win over the Boston Celtics.

Rookie of the Year candidate Karl-Anthony Towns was the driving force for the T'Wolves, ending the game with a 28-13-4 box score as all five of Minnesota's starters scored double digits.

The Celtics, for whom Jae Crowder top-scored with 27, had a chance to snatch victory with the final shot of the game, but Marcus Smart's three-point attempt was off target.

The defeat sees Boston slip to fourth seed in the Eastern Conference while the Timberwolves improve to 18-39.

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Raptors have reason to celebrate

The Toronto Raptors convincingly beat the New York Knicks 122-95 in what was a game to remember for their All-Star duo, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Lowry earned his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while Toronto's 37th win of the season saw DeRozan become the winningest player in franchise history. Monday night's W was the 233rd of his Raptors career.

For the Knicks, they suffered their 12th loss in 14 games and never recovered from a 15-2 Toronto run that saw the Eastern Conference high-flyers end the first half up 57-43.

Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony was the game's top scorer with 23 points to add to his 11 rebounds.

The Greek Freak outshines the Lakers

The first triple-double of Giannis Antetokounmpo's NBA career helped the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The second-year forward finished the night with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and each of the Bucks' five starters reached double figures in scoring.

Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks

It was in the third quarter that the game was won, with Milwaukee outscoring their visitors 36-17.

Although the Lakers, led by Nick Young with 19 points off the bench, rallied in the fourth quarter, Byron Scott's team succumbed to their sixth straight loss.

Kobe Bryant scored 15 points in 24 minutes on the court and shot just 3-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-5 from three-point range.

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