The weary Golden State Warriors managed to put together quite
the finale to an impressive seven-game road trip.
They sure look like one of the top teams out West.
David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Warriors beat
the listless Atlanta Hawks 115-93 on Saturday night.
Stephen Curry collected 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds
for Golden State, which went in front to stay in the second
quarter. Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry each had 19 points.
The Warriors capped a 6-1 tour against Eastern Conference teams,
including a win at Miami. It was the team’s first winning trip of
at least six games since a 4-3 trip in the 1970-71 season.
”It was important for us to do that to show that we’re for real
and we’re going to be here for the long haul,” coach Mark Jackson
said. ”It was a quality, quality effort.”
Golden State (16-8) closed the long trip with back-to-back
games, including a loss at Orlando on Friday night.
”I told them before the game I’m tired so I know they’re
tired,” Jackson said. ”Physically beat up, ready to get home.
That’s no excuse; 6-1 sounds better than 5-2. The good teams make
sure that they finish the course.
”Even though it’s a legitimate excuse about fatigue, we didn’t
allow it to take over us.”
Jarrett Jack, who had 13 points, said the Warriors were
determined to avoid a losing streak.
”We didn’t want to go back with two losses in a row,” Jack
said, adding players told each other: ”Let’s give it everything in
The Hawks, who fell out of a first-place tie with Miami in the
Southeast Division, looked like the fatigued team.
”That was probably one of our worst games all year from the
standpoint of just our energy,” coach Larry Drew said.
”We didn’t have it. For some reason, we did not have the
energy. We were a step late with a lot of things and we shot
Al Horford led Atlanta with 17 points. Lou Williams scored 16
and Ivan Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Warriors set season highs for points and assists (32).
”I was really proud of our guys,” Lee said. ”Everybody
The Warriors shot 49.5 percent (49 of 99) from the field.
”Give them credit. They were on fire,” Atlanta’s Zaza Pachulia
said. ”They did a good job and we didn’t.”
The Hawks had won 11 of 13 but quickly dropped off the pace
after the teams played to a 26-all tie in the first quarter.
The Warriors grabbed control when they outscored the Hawks 36-23
in the second period. Barnes gave Golden State the lead for good
when he opened the period with his first of two straight
No Hawks starter logged 30 minutes, and backups played most of
the final period.
Golden State completed a sweep of its two-game season series
against Atlanta. It was Lee’s seventh straight game with at least
20 points and 10 rebounds.
Drew was called for a technical foul as he protested a play at
the end of the first half. No foul was called as Jeff Teague was
knocked to the floor on a missed layup. Drew charged from the bench
and drew the technical as he was restrained by his assistants.
Curry made the free throw awarded for the technical foul to open
the second half.
Warriors rookie center Festus Ezeli was held out due to a
bruised right knee. He banged his knee in Friday night’s loss at
Orlando and had difficulty loosening up in pregame drills.
Andris Biedrins filled in for Ezeli and had seven rebounds and
no points in his first start of the season.
Josh Smith had a difficult night for Atlanta. He was 1 for 12
from the field for three points while playing only 24 minutes.
”If you’ve ever played basketball, you know you’re going to
have games when you don’t make shots,” Smith said. ”Tonight was
Smith wasn’t alone. Teague made only 3 of 11 shots and the Hawks
shot a season-low 36.9 percent from the field.
NOTES: Newly retired Braves 3B Chipper Jones attended the game
with two of his sons. … Lee has scored 20 or more points in eight
straight games, the longest streak of his career. … Hawks G
Anthony Morrow (sore back) did not play. … The Warriors continue
to be without C Andrew Bogut, who is recovering from ankle surgery,
and G Brandon Rush, who is out for the year with an injured left