The Golden State Warriors have a bad habit of playing down to inferior opponents, but they did no such things against the struggling Atlanta Hawks. Behind 17 points off the bench from Jermaine O’Neal, the Warriors routed the Hawks 111-97 at Oracle Arena on Friday night.
The Warriors shot the ball at a prolific rate: 53.8% percent from the field. Despite that, they weren’t really able to pull away from the Hawks until the fourth quarter, when Andre Iguodala along with four bench players turned a 85-77 lead into a 20-point advantage. They played stifling defense, as the Hawks did not make a field goal until the 5:22 mark of the quarter.
Thus, coach Mark Jackson did not even have to bring his starters back in the game. Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, David Lee, and Klay Thompson sat out the entire fourth, enjoying a convincing victory (Thompson exited the game in the first quarter after injuring his back and suffered a lower back strain).
Lee had a game-high 18 points, and Curry had a modest 13 points and seven assists. For the Hawks, Paul Millsap was the leading scorer with 16.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 53.8% (43-80)
- Three-point percentage: 31.6% (6-19)
- Rebounds: 44
- Assists: 28
- Turnovers: 16
- Bench points: 51
- Field-goal percentage: 45.3% (39-86)
- Three-point percentage: 23.5% (8-34)
- Rebounds: 36
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 17
- Bench points: 47
Good to Know
The Warriors are now 8-2 since the All-Star Break. They’ve held their opponents under 100 points in 9 of the last 10 home games
— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 8, 2014
Mark Jackson: “Klay was all set to start the third quarter. I thought it was important to get my Pop on and shut him down.”
— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) March 8, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will welcome in the Suns on Sunday night in what should be a close and exciting game.
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