The Golden State Warriors earned a 114-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks in a game that was closer than what most would have predicted.
The Hawks, down by 3 points, would have the chance to tie or win the game with the final possession of the game and 14 seconds left on the clock.
Andre Iguodala however supplied the heroic play of the night with a game-sealing steal and runaway dunk to give the Dubs a perfect road trip, extending the team’s win-streak to 5.
Andre Defense ➕ Andre Offense = Game Over #DubNation pic.twitter.com/vmQbOxa80H— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 3, 2018
First half: A Curry flurry
The Warriors walked into the locker room at halftime with a 12 point lead and looking like they had the game well under control.
Despite twisting his right ankle upon landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot late in the first quarter, Stephen Curry still ended up with 25 points in 17 minutes.
Stephen Curry tweaks ankle in 1st, but will available to return per @KerithBurke pic.twitter.com/1Jw3FPMeJe— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 3, 2018
In pure Stephortless fashion, he actually played better after coming back into the game, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Oh Steph! Ankle looks pic.twitter.com/pzYAwXkxQN— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 3, 2018
Even Kevin Durant, who shot a near perfect 6-of-8 from the field, passed up an open three-pointer to feed the Curry flurry — although he ended up missing the shot. Durant could only laugh it off and probably told Curry he could pay him back later for it.
Meanwhile, Klay Thompson was being hounded all over the court by former Warrior fan-favorite Kent Bazemore and barely got his hand on the ball.
But the absence of his offensive output was quickly filled in by none other than Nick Young, who at one point had 11 points in only 3 minutes.
Bazemore and Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 14 points a piece and helped Atlanta keep pace in the first quarter. But once the Dubs started clamping down on defense, the Hawks had a tough time finding the bottom of the net, scoring only 19 points in the second quarter.
Second half: A blazin’ Baze
While third quarters are usually the Warriors’ magnum opus, the Warriors ended up losing the quarter by 6 and the Hawks managed to cut the game to a two-possession game entering the final quarter on a buzzer-beater prayer by Schroder.
Alright @DennisMike93... let's calm it down pic.twitter.com/BeKjHoyNK5— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 3, 2018
A part of this probably had to do with Curry being sat as a precaution for his ankle after a short stint to start the third. But not after missing another wide open three-pointer that Durant passed up an open look for.
You owe him two for next time, Curry.
The other big factor behind the Hawks comeback was Bazemore and Schroder continuing to have stellar nights to help carry their team.
Bazemore especially was on fire and at one point scored 10 straight and seemingly couldn’t miss from downtown. He would end with a game-leading 29 points.
As a counter, Durant continued his Terminator-like efficiency as long as he could to help keep the Warriors ahead.
Unfortunately he went a little cold towards the end of the fourth and the Hawks eventually cut the lead down to 2 points on a mistake by Draymond Green — who otherwise had a good all-around game with 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and a game-leading +10 in the plus/minus column.
He would foul Schroder on a three-point shot, sending the whirling German to the line where the kid would hit all three free throws. Durant would get fouled on the other end, but would split his free throws to give the Warriors a 3 point lead with 14 seconds left.
Iguodala though would have the final say — ready to put a punctuation on his outstanding road-trip — with a game-sealing steal on Bazemore and the runaway dunk to effectively end the game.
Shoutout to Cook
A quick shoutout to Quinn Cook who saw a handful of minutes after Curry sprained his ankle.
While his box score numbers were relatively quiet, he played tough defense on Schroder and was aggressive on the offensive end.
The next game for the Warriors is back home against the Brooklyn Nets this upcoming Tuesday which gives the team a nice three day rest to recover from this road trip.
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