The Golden State Warriors became the fastest team to 50 wins in NBA history by beating Atlanta, which could be the start of several records between now and the end of the season.
They came out of the All Star break rusty and dropped their first road game of a challenging trip in Portland. They rebounded with a victory over the Clippers the next night. Then with just a travel day across 3 time zones, they hit the court running against Atlanta. They lost big leads in both of their victories, so Steph got no rest in the fourth quarters.
Now they fly down to Florida for back to back games with Miami and Orlando, before another single travel day to cross time zones to Oklahoma on Saturday. It's the most punishing trip of the year, and may determine a number of things for the remainder of the season, which they spent mostly at home, but with a quick rematch with Oklahoma and three games later with San Antonio.
To break the all-time victories for a season record they need to go 23-4 for the rest of the season. They also have the all time record in consecutive home wins in their sights. Why should they bother with these records instead of resting players for the playoffs? One championship related answer is San Antonio, which is 47-9 and is riding their own consecutive home wins streak. Golden State's goal is to give itself the best possible position in the playoffs, and that means holding the best record in the West. So they'll be out to win every game for the foreseeable future. April is another question, to be answered by what happens this month and through March.