RECAP: Warriors 101, Hawks 100

Bo Churney —  January 3, 2014


GSW(22-13) 101 – 100 (18-15)ATL

Key Performers:
S. Curry (GSW): 22 pts, 8 reb, 9 ast, 5 stl
P. Antic (ATL): 16 pts, 7 reb

After the way the Hawks won against Cleveland, Charlotte, and Boston, they were bound to end up on the negative end of the luck meter at some point. Unfortunately for them, the luck swung hard the other way, as Atlanta surrendered a 15 point fourth quarter lead to the Warriors, losing on an Andre Iguodala 3-pointer at the buzzer. Golden State shot 6-for-27 (22.2%) on 3-pointers for the night, but they made three very important shots from behind the arc in the final period to steal the game from the Hawks.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap had one of his roughest nights of the season, going 3-for-14 from the field. He couldn’t get any shots to drop, whether they be at the rim or open looks on his jumper. Despite his 11 rebounds, he still had trouble keeping Lee and Bogut off of the boards. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff had five turnovers on the night, but none of those were his biggest mistake. With the Hawks up 99-96 late, Jeff went to the free throw line and subsequently only made one of his two free throws. The two free throws could have put the game out of reach for the Warriors. His 5-for-13 shooting night wasn’t very helpful, either. 5/10

Pero Antic:Pero had a much stronger game than Jeff in my opinion, but like Jeff, he also made a huge mistake late in the game. On Iguodala’s game-winning jumper, Pero helped in order to try and trap Steph Curry around mid-court. Apparently that was not the plan and its failure led to the Hawks losing. However, without Pero, it’s hard to say the Hawks are even in this game. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: There were no turnovers from DeMarre Carroll tonight. I repeat, NO TURNOVERS! Now, he did have a couple of mistakes in transition (again), but other than that, he had a strong night. He helped force a lot of turnover, resulting in four steals for himself, and made several timely off ball cuts to get him 12 points on the night. Good to have DeMarre back after he sat out a couple of game due to his thumb injury. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle made the Hawks’ first basket to extend the streak to 102 games, but that was about all he did. Klay Thompson, who Coach Budenholzer credited as an underrated defender before the game, kept close to Korver all night long. He result was a 2-for-7 shooting night, but he did have some nice passes to get him four assists (no turnovers) on the night. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: And the best player on the Hawks tonight was… Shelvin Mack. Shelvin had 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and played very good defense on Steph Curry for most of the game. Yes, Curry ignited in the fourth quarter, but most of that wasn’t on Shelvin, who was a large factor in forcing eight turnovers from the Golden State point guard. 9/10

Mike Scott: He had a solid 12 points off of the bench, but having him guard David Lee was not the greatest of things. He did have a couple of nice defensive possessions, but Lee is just too good around the rim for Scott to continuously keep him at bay. 6/10

Elton Brand: That magical 10 minute barrier was broken for Elton tonight (18), but that wasn’t enough for the Hawks to win… although more minutes may have helped. Elton was second best on the squad with a plus-11 rating, and he looked solid on both offense and defense. Hard for him to get more minutes with how well Pero played, though. 8/10

Lou Williams: Bit of a shaky night for Lou Will with 3-for-9 shooting, but he was spacing the floor well and was attacking the defensive boards when he was in the game. The worst thing I saw from him on the night was when he missed an open three, the Hawks got the offensive rebound, and then he missed another wide-open three. Got to hit those open ones in the corner, Lou! 6.5/10

Coach Budenholzer: Coach Bud looked simply defeated after the game. The team gave a great effort against a superior opponent, but then let it all slide with a poor defensive effort in the second half of the fourth quarter. 7/10

The opposition: This was a pretty huge win for Golden State on the second game of a back-to-back, especially with the first game being against the Heat. They just stuck with their game plan and they finally started hitting shots when it mattered. 8.5/10


Next: Atlanta at Chicago, Saturday, January 4th

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One response to RECAP: Warriors 101, Hawks 100

  1. Bud blew this one by staying with that scott lineup for to long in the 4th. Lead went from 15 to 1. Painful loss to see in person.