NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Golden State
(Friday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 117, Golden State 110
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored 27 points and had eight rebounds and a game-high eight assists to help the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Golden State Warriors, 117-110.
Mike Bibby and Josh Smith both had 17 points for the Hawks, who snapped a six- game losing streak. Marvin Williams added 10 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Salim Stoudamire had 18 points for the Hawks, who built an 18-point halftime lead, on the way to snapping a seven-game road skid.
"We needed this game tonight," said Johnson. "It comes in due time. Hopefully it gives us confidence going into this Utah game tomorrow. Somehow, some way we need to keep finding a way to win on the road. We made a lot of shots early, and we were able to build a lead."
Baron Davis led all scorers with 35 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out seven assists for the Warriors, who have lost two of three. Monta Ellis pitched in with 26 points for the Warriors.
"The first half we just came out complacent and gave up a lot of wide open shots," said Golden State's Brandan Wright. "In the second half we were playing loose, playing free, playing hard and got some deflections, got some steals, but we just came up short."
Golden State's Stephen Jackson missed his second straight game due to a sprained left ankle he suffered against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
Trailing 79-56 with 8:25 remaining in the third quarter, Matt Barnes made a layup that sparked a 20-7 run to bring the Warriors within 10. With 21 seconds left in the third quarter, Davis hit a finger roll layup that capped an 11-4 run to pull within five at 94-89.
Golden State ran out of gas though, Atlanta started the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 103-91. The Warriors didn't get any closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Ellis' jumper had the Warriors within 22-19 with 3:57 left in the opening quarter, but the Hawks expanded their cushion with an ensuing 11-2 spurt. It was 35-23 going into the second.
With 6:36 left in the second quarter the Warriors cut the lead to 43-33 after a Wright layup, but the Hawks responded by going on an 14-4 run to keep Golden State at bay. Atlanta continued to roll and ended the half up 68-50.
Golden State's Andris Biedrins had a successful appendectomy on Thursday night...Atlanta outrebounded Golden State 53-40...Golden State lost for just the second time in its last nine home games...Golden State is 1-1 on its current five-game homestand.
02/23 02:30:58 ET