The biggest storyline was the first matchup between greatest shooter of all time Stephen Curry and the youngster many are claiming is the next Curry: Trae Young. Curry appeared fully rejuvenated from his groin injury, and lit up the Hawks for 30 points with six made three-pointers. Kevin Durant had 28 points and 8 assists, and Klay Thompson tallied 27 points and 8 rebounds of his own.
Young scored 20 points, but struggled shooting the basketball, making only 8-of-20 from the field, and missed all of his 5 attempts from long distance. John Collins led the Hawks with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Curry came out cooking with GASOLINA!
Steph Curry's first quarter: 18 points on 6/7 FG, 4/5 from 3, zero turnovers in 10 minutes— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 4, 2018
The Atlanta Hawks' first quarter: 17 points on 8/17 FG, 1/7 from 3, nine turnovers in 12 minutes
-GSW up 34-17
One thing that was immediately clear was the size advantage Curry holds over Young. At 6-foot-3, Curry towered over Young’s alleged 6-foot-2 frame like he was his father, hounding him on defense. But Young was game, and answered back with 14 points of his own by end the half.
After two quarters, the Hawks had the same amount of turnovers (14) as they had assists (13) and made threes (1-of-12) combined. Curry scored 20 points, Durant added 15, and Thompson added 14.
Kevon Looney was +14 plus/minus in the first two quarters, filling in nicely at center.
Kevon Looney really has a nice feel around the basket. He knows where the shot blockers are coming from and uses shot fakes/crab dribbles effectively pic.twitter.com/bw98p8WT6V— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 4, 2018
Warriors 61, Hawks 47
The third quarter was a helter-skelter affair, as both teams ran with wild abandon. The Warriors outscored the Hawks 36-30 for the period, and the lead ballooned as the Hawks’ dreams wilted. The talent gap was on display, as the Warriors Big 3 teed off at will. The champs skillfully forced Young away from the three-point line, and ran him into the shot-blockers in the paint.
The fourth quarter was more of the same, punctuated by a disrespectful trey Curry buried in his alleged clone’s face.
Looney had a new career high of 14 points with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Jonas Jerebko made all of his four shots, including two from downtown, leading the subs with 12 points.
Anytime Curry, Durant, and Thompson can combine for 85 points like they did tonight, the Warriors are gonna be in a great position to win. The champs shot 58% from the field and knocked down 13-of-24 from beyond the arc. But they still had 19 sloppy turnovers, and were fortunate the Hawks were too feeble to truly make them pay.
The Warriors play what remains of the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at 4PM west coast time.