Curry closed the half with a left-handed layup, giving him 25 points in 18 minutes.

“Once again, we got out-worked tonight,” McMillan said, referring to what he said was a similarly discouraging effort in a loss at Dallas on Monday.

McMillan said the strong effort from the lowly Hawks should be a warning to his players about the competition they can expect in the final weeks of the regular season.

“You are getting a taste of what it’s going to be like going down the stretch,” he said.

“It was the first time I’ve had fun in a while,” Bazemore said. “The season being what it’s been, I’ve kind of been frustrated. … That’s not who I am and that’s not what got me here.”

Curry apparently hurt his ankle when he stepped on teammate Zaza Pachulia’s foot. After returning with 7:18 remaining in the first half, Curry scored the Warriors’ next 11 points — including two 3-pointers and a three-point play.

Atlanta, in contention for the league’s worst record, stayed close with Golden State, which began the night a half-game behind Houston in the race for the league’s best record.

“It shows how hard we’re working,” said Taurean Prince, who had 15 points. “It shows what we can be.”

“We did a great job of fighting back,” Bledsoe said. “They did a great job of keeping their composure and making plays.”

Looking lost on offense and trailing 64-50 at the half, Bledsoe, who had 17 points, sparked the resurgence in the third with eight points during an 18-6 run, including his second 3 that pulled Milwaukee to 70-68. The Wizards immediately called time out to regroup. They pushed the lead back to seven. Jason Terry hit a wide-open 3 with 13 seconds left in the third that cut the lead to 84-81.

Shooting guard is tough to figure out tonight. D’Angelo Russell, the most expensive option, plays way down in pace in Sacramento tonight, and though the Kings are the worst overall defensive team in the league, their DvP to guards is merely average. Conversely, appealing bargain choices like Dwyane Wade and Rodney Hood are playing up in pace and getting significant court time, but are nonetheless hard to trust.