NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Golden State
(Wednesday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Golden State 101, Atlanta 96
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson scored a game-high 31 points and Derek Fisher added 20 points and six assists, as the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 101-96, at The Arena.
Mike Dunleavy posted 18 points and Speedy Claxton notched 12 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who have won back-to-back games. Adonal Foyle collected eight points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots in the win.
Golden State forward Troy Murphy was activated from the injured list prior to Wednesday's game and finished with six points and 20 rebounds in 27 minutes of action off the bench. Murphy missed the Warriors' last 10 games due to a hairline fracture in his left thumb.
Antoine Walker netted a team-high 27 points for the Hawks, who have dropped 17 straight road games and six in a row overall. Atlanta has a dismal 2-24 record as the visiting team this season.
Josh Childress posted 17 points and 15 rebounds in the loss, while Al Harrington chipped in 14 points and 14 boards.
The opening quarter was back-and-forth throughout with no team holding larger than a four-point edge. Atlanta would hold a 27-26 advantage after the first 12 minutes of play.
The Hawks held a 31-28 edge early in the second quarter, but Golden State turned things around by scoring the game's next 14 points. Richardson led the way with five points during the stretch. The Warriors would lead by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, as they took a 58-45 advantage into the locker room.
Atlanta made some noise in the third quarter, but it was never able to get the lead back. The Warriors were able to push the lead up to 17 points after Foyle's basket made it 67-50 with 8:37 left. However, the Hawks were able to cut the deficit to eight points on a few occasions in the third -- the last time coming after Obinna Ekezie hit a pair of free throws to make it 74-66 with 3:25 left. Golden State held an 81-70 lead after three quarters.
The Warriors could've coasted to the victory in the final minutes, but they let Atlanta back into the game. Dunleavy's basket gave Golden State a 95-84 cushion with 3:15 remaining, but the Hawks used a 10-2 burst to slice the deficit to 97-94 with 33 seconds left.
Walker hit three-pointers on consecutive trips down the court to cap the run. However, Fisher hit a long jumper to restore Golden State's lead to five points, 99-94, with 9.8 seconds left. Richardson then hit a pair of free throws to seal the game with 4.3 seconds left.
The Warriors placed guard Luis Flores on the injured list with a strained right hamstring...Golden State has won five straight matchups with the Hawks...Claxton posted his 11th career double-double...Atlanta guard Tony Delk left the game with a left hand contusion.
02/24 01:28:16 ET