NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Atlanta
(Wednesday, January 31st)
Final Score: Atlanta 115, Golden State 94
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored 33 points and Josh Childress added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, as the Atlanta Hawks pounded the Golden State Warriors, 115-94, at Philips Arena.
"It seemed like everything they did wrong we capitalized on." said Childress. "Every little loose ball, every rebound we got it."
Marvin Williams netted 17 points for the Hawks, while Tyronn Lue chipped in with 13. Zaza Pachulia posted 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Atlanta, which won for the fourth time in five games.
The Hawks earned their first winning month for the first time since April 2004, and the first time under head coach Mike Woodson. The Hawks finished the month at 8-7, upping their season mark to 17-27. Atlanta didn't win game 17 until the 54th contest a year ago.
"It�s nice to see. I give a lot of credit to the guys in the locker room," Woodson said. "They've been really working to get to this point. We still have a long way to go though. But we'll take 8-7, considering where we came from, with all the injuries. We just have to keep going and try to make February better."
Baron Davis scored 17 points and dished out 12 assists for the Warriors, who have lost six in a row on the road. Al Harrington had 21 points, and Stephen Jackson netted 17. Mickael Pietrus added 16 in defeat.
"Actually, I got no problem with the effort tonight," said Warriors coach Don Nelson. "Tonight they just made more shots then I thought they could. They spaced us and attacked our zone and did a great job."
Atlanta quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead, started by a thunderous Josh Smith dunk. The Warriors responded with a 10-2 run, capped by a Pietrus dunk giving, Golden State an early 10-7 advantage.
Both teams then traded baskets before Johnson's trey at the buzzer gave the Hawks a 30-29 lead heading into the second quarter.
Leading 39-38 early in the second, Atlanta began to pull away, outscoring Golden State 31-18 the rest of the stanza to take a 70-56 lead into the locker room. Johnson led the way with 12 points in the period.
Golden State failed to pick up any ground in the third quarter as a Williams' jumper and two Pachulia free throws late in the frame opened up a 92-75 lead for the Hawks entering the final 12 minutes.
Johnson's three highlighted a 15-6 run to open the final session and put Atlanta up 107-81 with 3:49 remaining in the contest.
The 115 points is a season-high for Atlanta...Atlanta beat Golden State for just the second time in its last nine tries.
01/31 22:39:28 ET