NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Atlanta
(Friday, December 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 115, Golden State 99
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Flip Murray scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Hawks doubled up the Warriors in the final frame to pull out the 115-99 victory.
Marvin Williams posted 22 points and nine rebounds, while Joe Johnson finished with 19 points, five assists and five boards for the Hawks, who have won four of five. Josh Smith and Al Horford added 14 points apiece in the win.
Marco Belinelli deposited 27 points to go with six assists, but it wasn't enough to halt Golden State's slide, which now stands at five games. Reserves Brandan Wright and Anthony Morrow had solid efforts with 19 and 15 points, respectively, while Andris Biedrins ended with 14 points, 15 boards and six assists.
"I'm happy with the way we played," Warriors head coach Don Nelson said. "But the Hawks shut us down in the fourth quarter. I think we got their attention. I think we did a lot of great things tonight, but some of our guys did not play well individually."
After the game Nelson also indicated that he would be implementing a defensive coordinator into the team's repertoire, as assistant coach Keith Smart will serve as the coordinator with Sidney Moncrief slated as his assistant.
The Hawks trailed 81-79 heading into the final 12 minutes, but Murray's three- pointer with nine minutes left gave Atlanta an 88-84 edge.
After Jamal Crawford's layup cut the Warriors' deficit to 94-90, the Hawks scored eight straight points, highlighted by Horford's three-point play and two steals on the defensive end.
A Williams dunk with 3:30 to play made it a 106-92 game and the Warriors sank just three field goals the rest of the way to fall short.
"It took us three quarters to wake up, but we woke up in time and we were finally able to stop them from scoring," Williams said.
The Hawks jumped out to a 31-21 lead after 12 minutes of play, but Golden State's 16-2 run during a three-minute stretch in the second quarter provided the visitors with a 54-52 lead at intermission.
The Warriors held the biggest lead of the third quarter at six points, but failed to score in the final three minutes of the frame to pad their cushion.
Golden State's Stephen Jackson missed the game due to a hand injury...The Warriors had won eight of the previous 12 in the series...Kelenna Azubuike logged 13 points for Golden State...Atlanta made 51.8 percent from the field (44-of-85), compared to Golden State hitting 45.1 percent of its shots (41- of-91).
12/19 23:26:16 ET