The Atlanta Hawks (14-6) host the Golden State Warriors (15-8) in Philips Arena Saturday evening at 7:00 PM (ET).
The Hawks and Warriors squared off earlier this season on Nov. 14, in the Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA), with the Warriors squeaking out a 92-88 victory. Rookie forward Harrison Barnes had the best game of his short NBA career, tailing 19 points and 13 rebounds in the contest, while teammate David Lee chipped in with 18 points and 10 boards. Josh Smith finished with 18 and 10 for Atlanta but the Hawks got pounded on the glass by a 44-29 margin.
The Hawks have a full lineup tonight and hope to get Smith and Al Horford going early as Atlanta is 6-0 this season when both big men finish in double-figures.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Golden State Warriors
What?: East Coast vs West Coast Showdown (Game # 21, Home Game #12)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 – 7:00 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
Golden State Warriors:
PG: Stephen Curry | SG: Klay Thompson | SF: Harrison Barnes | PF: david Lee | C: Festus Ezeli
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: None.
Golden State Warriors: Andrew Bogut (left ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (14-6) … Golden State Warriors (15-8)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 3 / ROAD: Won 1 … Golden State Warriors –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (8-3) at home … Warriors are (9-5) on the road
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks won five of their last six games overall but three of those wins were against the Bobcats, Magic and Wizards — gimme games.
Golden State Warriors: Hot. The Warriors have played six straight road games entering tonight’s matchup (7th straight), and won the first five in a row — Pistons, Nets, Wizards, Bobcats, Heat — before falling to the Orlando Magic yesterday 99-85. The Orlando game was obviously a fluke. Marc Jackson has the Warriors playing great team basketball on both sides of the ball and there’s no doubt they’ll be up for this game.
Season/Past Season Series
The Warriors visit Philips Arena for the only time this year in the second-and-final meeting with the Hawks. Golden State recorded a 92-88 home win in Game 1 behind double-doubles from Harrison Barnes (19 points/13 rebounds) and David Lee (18 points/10 boards). Lou Williams led the Hawks, who were playing without the services of Al Horford and Devin Harris (both out due to illness), with 18 points. The Warriors have now won two consecutive games against Atlanta, including the last meeting at Philips Arena on 2/29/12 (85-82). The Hawks’ last win in the series was a 95-79 decision on 2/25/11 and their last home win came on 12/29/10 (103-93). Atlanta leads the all-time series 141-136, including an 83-40 home record.
LAST MEETING – WARRIORS 92, HAWKS 88 — OAKLAND, CA — (11/14/12)
After a see-saw first quarter, the Hawks trailed, 22-21. Golden State rode a late second quarter run to take a 54-46 halftime advantage. The Warriors outscored the Hawks, 32-
25 in the quarter. Both teams were off the mark in the third, compiling a combined 31 points and 13 turnovers. Lou Williams (12 points in the fourth) and Ivan Johnson (eight in the period) helped pull Atlanta as close as three in the final minute. Williams finished with 18 for the Hawks (including three three-pointers in the final 1:13), while Josh Smith added 16. Johnson (15) and Kyle Korver (14) also scored in double figures. Harrison Barnes put in 19 points and 13 rebounds, while David Lee added 18 points and 10 boards for the Warriors.
Anthony Morrow played his first two NBA seasons with the Warriors, appearing in 136 games with the team. Anthony Tolliver was a Warrior for 44 games during the 2009-10 campaign. Assistant Coach Lester Conner grew up in Oakland. Al Horford and David Lee played together in 2004-05 at the University of Florida. Hawks scout Greg Ballard played for Golden State from 1985-87. John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli were collegiate teammates at Vanderbilt. Jarrett Jack is a former Georgia Tech star.
Information was used from the Hawks and Warriors official gamenotes