A high-scoring game was inevitable. And Warriors’ road losses are becoming inevitable, too.
The Warriors played without Draymond Green, who served his one-game suspension after earning his 16th technical foul against the Clippers. The Atlanta Hawks have one of the league’s worst defensive ratings. Little resistance on either end resulted in a 127-119 Warriors loss at State Farm Arena on Friday.
With the loss, the Warriors lose their 10th straight road game and move to 36-35 overall.
Struggling from 3-point land, the Warriors had to bear down against a bigger Hawks team in the paint to keep pace offensively. By halftime, 44 of the Warriors’ 66 points came inside the paint and the team finished the game shooting 11-for-40 from 3.
Without Green, Andrew Wiggins (out indefinitely due to a family matter) and Gary Payton II (core injury), the Warriors struggled to make stops.
Kevon Looney carried the load, scoring a regular-season career high 18 points along with 16 rebounds.
Atlanta rode a few unexpected hot hands offensively to overcome an early Warriors’ 12-point lead. Center John Collins, who came into the game shooting 25% from 3, went 4-of-5 from behind the arc to help the Hawks to a five-point lead by the half. The Warriors now have a 1-18 record when their opponents score at least 15 3-pointers as the home team. The Hawks hit 16 3-pointers, shooting 39 percent on the night.
Nursing a sore thumb on his non-shooting hand, Steph Curry couldn’t quite find his rhythm coming off a 50-point game in the Warriors’ loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday. The 35-year-old hit two 3-pointers in a mid-fourth quarter 10-4 run that got the Warriors down three with six minutes remaining. But Curry was pulled for a quick rest, the Warriors committed two costly turnovers and Atlanta hit a 3-pointer to extend their lead by six.
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The Warriors came within one late in the fourth, but the clutch shooting didn’t come. Curry and Klay Thompson missed potential go-ahead 3-pointers and Curry turned the ball over for a sixth time in the game with 50 seconds remaining to let Atlanta ice the game. Curry finished with 31 points, shooting 4-of-13 from 3. Thompson had 15 points with 11 rebounds and six turnovers of his own.
Golden State will have little time to process a frustrating loss as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in Memphis with Green returning.