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Saturday, December 15th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (15-8) at Atlanta Hawks (14-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors' bid for a perfect road trip
ended with a thud Friday night in Orlando. But the Warriors still have one
more to go when they tangle with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
Golden State embarked on this season-long trek eastward on Dec. 5 and kicked
it off with a win in Detroit. Victories in Brooklyn, Washington and Charlotte
followed but the league took notice on Wednesday when the Warriors toppled the
defending champion Miami Heat.
There's no shame in failing to go 6-0 on a sojourn like this.
On Friday, the Warriors came out flat and managed only 14 points in the first
quarter. By the time the horn sounded ending the first half, the Magic were
ahead by 16.
The Warriors were out of it truly at that point. David Lee notched his sixth
straight game of 20 and 10 with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Stephen Curry led
the way with 25 and Klay Thompson struggled to nine points on 3-for-13
"We're not front runners and we're not going to start pointing fingers, making
excuses. Hey, we lost. It happens," said head coach Mark Jackson. "The teams
that are the top teams in this league bounce back. They own it and they move
forward, and that's exactly what we plan on doing."
The Warriors wrap their successful trip against the Hawks, who are on quiet a
Atlanta has won five of six and 12 of its last 15 to move into a tie with the
Miami Heat for first place in the Southeast Division, picking up its latest
win on Thursday against the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.
Devin Harris had a game-high 20 points in the 113-90 win as the Hawks showed a
killer instinct that perhaps had lacked at times this season. Atlanta
outscored Charlotte by 17 points in the first half, including 30-19 in the
"We've had the opportunity to do this several times in the last month and for
whatever reason just kind of let up and let teams back in the game," said
guard Kyle Korver. "At halftime we kind of talked about it and said we're not
going to let this happen again. Lets go out there and put them away and I
thought we did that."
Korver ended with 13 points and Josh Smith had 18. Ivan Johnson netted a
career-high 16 points with eight rebounds and Lou Williams matched a career-
high with nine assists to go along with 13 points off the bench.
"I think normally when we get big leads we tend to get complacent a little bit
and kind of let our guards down. Tonight we were able to keep our foot on the
gas and not let up," said Smith, who is averaging 20.6 points and 9.0 rebounds
over his last seven games.
Golden State has won its past two meetings with the Hawks, including a 92-88
victory at home on Nov. 14. Harrison Barnes and Lee both had double-doubles
for the Warriors, while Williams had 18 off the bench for the Hawks, who
played without Al Horford due to illness.
Atlanta has won five of its past seven at home in this series.
12/15 10:31:12 ET