ATLANTA (AP) — Andre Iguodala scored a season-excessive 24 factors on a subpar capturing night time for the Splash Brothers, carrying the Golden State Warriors to a 119-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Bouncing again from their first common-season dropping streak in almost two years, the Warriors gained for the second day in a row with out Kevin Durant, who’s out indefinitely with a left knee damage.
Stephen Curry had 24 factors on eight-of-20 capturing, whereas Klay Thompson was held to thirteen after a scoreless first half. However Iguodala and the Warriors bench picked up the slack, outscoring the Atlanta reserves fifty five-37.
Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 23 factors – 19 coming within the first quarter, the very best-scoring interval of his profession. However Schroder went to the bench with eight:forty one left within the third quarter and, mysteriously, by no means returned. There was no indication he was harm.
Led by Schroder, the Hawks raced to a forty two-35 lead in a run-and-gun first quarter – matching their highest-scoring interval of the season.
Atlanta was nonetheless forward sixty six-sixty one on the half, nevertheless it was clear the house group had missed an opportunity to push the margin even larger.
Thompson was scoreless over the primary two quarters, lacking his solely two photographs whereas choosing up three fouls. Draymond Inexperienced additionally spent prolonged time on the bench with three fouls. Curry had simply seven factors on 2-of-6 capturing.
However the Warriors received it going within the second half, and the Hawks went a lot of the approach with out their level guard.
SORRY ABOUT THAT, JOSE
Warriors coach Steve Kerr sympathizes with level guard Jose Calderon, who had deliberate to hitch the Golden State till Durant’s damage pressured the workforce to signal Matt Barnes as an alternative.
The Warriors waived Calderon just some hours after he signed with them, so he would stay playoff eligible, and he was claimed by the Hawks. In an fascinating twist, his second recreation with Atlanta was towards the staff he was alleged to be with to complete out the season.
“I’m comfortable for him that Atlanta picked him up. He’ll get an opportunity to play within the playoffs, which I do know is essential to him,” Kerr stated. “I really feel dangerous the best way issues turned out with us, however I do know he understands that’s the best way the NBA works. It’s type of a wierd place.”
Patrick McCaw took over Durant’s spot for the night time, giving the rookie his sixth begin of the season. He had 9 factors and 7 rebounds.
Kerr has been impressed with the second-spherical select of UNLV.
“He is aware of precisely what he’s doing on the market,” Kerr stated. “I imply, he’s nonetheless studying the NBA recreation. However he’s simply received a pure really feel for the sport – chopping on the applicable time, hitting the appropriate man, taking the shot when it’s there, defending and understanding angles defensively. He’s a very good participant. We’re fortunate.”
THE PRINCE OF ATLANTA
Rookie Taurean Prince has develop into a much bigger a part of Atlanta’s enjoying rotation in current video games, even drawing some robust assignments akin to guarding LeBron James and Paul George.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer stated the workforce needs to hurry up Prince’s improvement after enjoying him sparingly a lot of the season. He was the twelfth general decide within the 2016 draft.
“To a point, he’s earned it,” Budenholzer stated. “However he must comply with up a recreation good with one other one. His consideration to element, his alertness. As a rookie, he’s been studying the final couple of nights. However he’s good the dimensions, he’s obtained the athleticism, and we need to push his progress, push his improvement.”