Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/12
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OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry's driving left-handed floater with 55.5 seconds remaining provided Golden State the cushion it needed to overcome a late barrage by Atlanta's Lou Williams, and the Warriors held on for a 92-88 victory over the Hawks at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. After the Warriors nearly saw a 13-point lead disappear because of poor shooting and ball-control issues in the final period, Curry countered a Williams 3-pointer with a critical driving hoop along the left side of the key, giving Golden State an 88-82 lead to protect in the final minute. Williams buried two subsequent 3-pointers to give the Hawks a chance, but Golden State rookie Harrison Barnes turned an offensive rebound into two free throws with 21.8 seconds remaining. Warriors guard Jarrett Jack added two clinching foul shots with 10.7 seconds. The Warriors (4-4) overcame 23 turnovers with a 46-20 advantage on points in the paint. Forward David Lee led the way with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Frontcourt mate Barnes also logged a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Losing for the second time in three outings on their current four-game road trip, the Hawks sorely missed Al Horford (virus) on the interior. Only Williams' late flurry -- he had 12 of his 18 points in the final period -- kept the visitors close. Josh Smith finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks (3-4). The Warriors, coming off a disheartening double-overtime home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, appeared to be putting the game away when they held the Hawks to 14 points over the first 14 minutes of the second half. Two free throws by Barnes on Golden State's second possession of the final period gave the home team its largest lead of the night, 73-60. However, Hawks backup forward Ivan Johnson scored on three consecutive possessions, and the Warriors had only two field goals while committing five turnovers in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the final period, setting up a tight finish. Johnson, who hit seven of his eight shots, scored 15 points. Lee took advantage of the Horford's absence to pour in 14 first-half points and lift Golden State into a 54-46 advantage at the break. Golden State started slowly, going the first 106 seconds without taking a shot. Meanwhile, Josh Smith, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver converted on the other end, propelling the Hawks to what turned out to be their biggest lead of the half at 6-0. Lee had three hoops in each of the first two periods as the Warriors gained a 22-21 lead by first quarter's end and then extended the margin with early and late runs in the second period. Korver connected on all five of his shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and both his free throws to match Lee's 14-point total. The Hawks, however, made only one of their other six 3-point attempts, which caused them to gradually lose ground to a Warriors team that got 3's from five different guys during a 5-for-10 half. Lee also had seven rebounds in the half, combining with Barnes (six) to outrebound the Hawks 13-12. All told, the Warriors enjoyed a 10-board advantage through 24 minutes. NOTES: Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not attend Wednesday's game. He has left the team Tuesday for a prolonged visit to see Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles. Ferkel is expected to monitor Bogut's continuing rehabilitation from ankle surgery for about a week. Bogut will not make the Warriors' four-day trip to Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Dallas that starts Friday. ... Several Hawks have become ill during the road trip. Josh Smith and Williams got sick in Portland and sat out Monday's shootaround. Horford and Devin Harris were in worse shape Wednesday in Oakland, both missing the game due to viruses. ... The Warriors paid tribute to Don Nelson before, during and after the game as part of their "Hall of Fame Night." Interestingly, the NBA's all-time winningest coach with 1,335 victories is only the second-winningest coach in Warriors history. The man who tops the team's list, Al Attles, also attended the festivities. Attles had 557 wins as Warriors coach, compared to Nelson's 422. ... Nelson took time before the game to identify his biggest regret about the Sept. 7 Hall of Fame ceremony: the absence of longtime friend Jim Fitzgerald. "He wanted it more than I did," Nelson said of the induction, which took place less than a month after Fitzgerald's death. It was Fitzgerald, as co-owner of the Warriors, who initially brought Nelson to Golden State as executive vice president in 1987.
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