Without the services of Al Horford and Devin Harris (stomach illness), the Atlanta Hawks fell 92-88 at the hands of Golden State before a crowd of 18,107 in Oracle Arena. Atlanta got torpedoed on the glass by a 44-29 margin and that was the single biggest factor in the game. The Hawks defense did manage to force 23 turnovers and hold the Warriors to 46.5% FG and 27.8% from 3-point distance, but the extra possessions killed the Hawks in this one.
The biggest X-factor in the game was, ironically, a failed defensive rebound by Atlanta. Trailing 88-85 with under a minute remaining, Steph Curry launched a 26-foot three as the shot clock expired, but Harrison Barnes out-hustled the Hawks to the long rebound, was fouled, and converted the two clinching free throws.
Earlier in the night, Golden State converted on 6 of their last 7 possessions of the 1st half, keying a 32-point 2nd quarter that saw them grab an 8-point halftime lead.
In a now-nightly ritual of examination, Josh Smith attempted a comically large number of twelve jump-shots from 8-feet or further last night. As per usual, he converted exactly 3 of them. The math is easy on that one.
Hawks Players of the Game
Lou Williams: 18 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds
Josh Smith: 16 points, 10 rebounds
Hawks Key Role Player
Kyle Korver (a repeat!): 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5-6 FG, 2-3 3-PT
Ivan Johnson: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Warriors Player of the Game
Harrison Barnes: 19 points, 13 rebounds, including the clinching FTs
“It was a gutsy performance by my guys,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said (per the Associated Press). “After going down by 12 at one point, we fought back. A little short-handed tonight but still we had an opportunity.”
The Hawks take on the Kings in Sacramento on Friday, November 16th at 10:00 PM (ET).