The Warriors’ bench shines as they propel the Dubs to a win over the Atlanta Hawks 119-108

March 6, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Atlanta- The Golden State Warriors were blitzed by the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter of the game in Atlanta. The Hawks, coached by Mike Budenholzer, had lost two games in a row at home and wanted to get untracked against the Dubs. The game started well for Atlanta but they were not happy at the end. The Hawks outscored the Dubs 42-35 as Dennis Schroder was on fire. He made five 3-point shots in just 12 minutes of action. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were ice cold. However, the bench, sort of maligned this year as they did not perform as well as they did last year, came to life in the second quarter. They were led by the veteran Andre Iguodala who turned up his game several notches Monday night. Ian Clark also made his presence felt as he tallied 10 points. Klay Thompson, who was saddled with three fouls, sat out most of the quarter and did not score a point in the half. Steph Curry could not hit a three and he scored just 7. The Hawks led 53-37 but the bench including newcomer Matt Barnes and veteran Shaun Livingston as well as Iguodala, Clark, David West, JaVale McGee was able to close the deficit to just 4 points trailing 55-51. The Hawks increased the lead to six 62-56 but the Dubs held tight and ended the first half by 5 66-61. Iguodala tallied 14 to lead the Dubs in scoring. In fact, the Warrior bench scored 41 of the team’s 61 points. The starters contributed just 20.

The Warriors, who have dominated third quarters all season, took it to Atlanta. Klay Thompson made some baskets, Steph was able to make threes and the Warriors defense was superb. They took the lead for good when Steph hit a three to give them the advantage 72-20. They never trailed again in the game. Patrick McCaw hit 2 3-pointers. Klay, Steph, and Andre put the Dubs up by 4 at the end of three periods of play 94-90.

The Hawks started the 4th quarter with a three to trail by one. David West made two buckets and Klay made a trey. Steph and Andre each made two more three-pointers as the Dubs led by nine 111-102 with 3:36 left to play. The Warriors defense held and they won 119-108.

Game Notes and Stats. The starters picked up the pace in the second half. Steph ended the night with 24 points, nine assists, and 4 rebounds. Draymond Green was also outstanding both on offense and defense. The numbers show 12 points, 6 assists, and 8 rebounds. Pachulia had 8, McCaw 9 points and 7 rebound, and Klay finished with 13, all in the second half. Andre Iguodala looked like the Andre of old. The veteran scored 24 points to go along with 4 assists and 5 boards. Ian Clark finished with 10. David West knocked down 10 and Matt Barnes, in his 3rd game as a Warrior, had 5 points, 3 assists, and 7 rebounds. The Warriors made 41 field goals and shot 47.1% from the floor. They made 20 3s in 44 attempts good for a percentage 45.5%. They also had 33 assists which indicated they had good ball movement and finding a man open. On defense, they had 10 steals and 4 blocked shots. Dennis Schroder scored 23 for Atlanta. Paul Milsap had 20, former Dub, Kent Bazemore added 18, and Tim Hardaway, Jr pitched in with 19.

The Warriors improve to 52-11 while Atlanta drops to 34-29. The Warriors return home to face the Boston Celtics and Isiah Thomas Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Game time will be at 7:30 pm.

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