Over the first three-quarters of the game, Atlanta showed you just how good they are capable of playing. Over the final twelve minutes of the game, they showed some of the things that has been ailing the team of late. Nevertheless Atlanta was able to grab a much-needed win 95-79 over the Golden State Warriors. The victory snaps Atlanta’s three game losing streak.
Al Horford was everywhere for Atlanta scoring twenty-two points, grabbing thirteen rebounds, and handed out a team high seven assists. Josh Smith just missed out on a double double with twenty-six points and nine rebounds. Joe Johnson was the only other Hawks player in double figures with twelve points. The Hawks shot 48% from the field while also holding a 49-34 rebounding advantage.
David Lee had twenty points and ten rebounds for the Warriors. Monta Ellis was the only other Warriors player in double figures with sixteen points. Atlanta did an excellent job defensively on Stephen Curry and Dorrell Wright who combined for just twelve points on 4-14 shooting.
Turnovers hurt Atlanta late as the Warriors were able to cut into the lead during the fourth period. The Hawks finished with twenty-two turnovers and were outscored 24-14 in the fourth.
New acquisition Kirk Hinrich came off the bench in his Atlanta debut and finished with eight points and three assists. His presence at least for this game seemed to energize Atlanta who turned in one of their best performances in recent weeks.