The Atlanta Hawks provided a stiff challenge to the powerhouse Golden State Warriors on Monday night but Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and company did enough to turn away the visitors.
Both Durant and Curry scored 25 points and Klay Thompson added 20 points for the Warriors, who have won 12 consecutive games. Golden State is also 7-1 at home this season.
Big double-double for KD
Kevin Durant also grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double with two blocks in the game. Andre Iguodala had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench.
The Hawks came to play in this one, holding a 53-50 lead at halftime and 81-80 after the third quarter. But the Warriors played better defense in the final quarter and outscored Atlanta, 25-19.
Golden State threatened to pull away in the fourth but each time the Hawks made a comeback. With 2:12 to go in the game and a 102-94 lead for the Warriors, the Hawks made a 5-0 run to cut the lead down to three.
But Durant made a dunk off a Draymond Green assist and the Warriors held on to the victory.
D12, Schroder plays big
Paul Millsap struggled from the field (3-of-11 shots) but had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Dwight Howard also played well with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Dennis Schroder matched up nicely with Curry with his own 24 points and 6 assists.
The Hawks’ bench also contributed nicely with four reserves scoring 9 points or more.
Atlanta is now 0-5 against the Warriors in their last five meetings. Meanwhile Golden State remains perfect against Eastern Conference teams this season.
There were worries that the “Super Team” won’t work this year for the Warriors with early losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. But Golden State has now won 12th straight and now owns the best record in the league.
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