ATLANTA –Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 24 points on a subpar shooting night for the Splash Brothers, carrying the Golden State Warriors to a 119-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Bouncing back from their first regular-season losing streak in nearly two years, the Warriors won for the second day in a row without Kevin Durant, who is out indefinitely with a left knee injury.
Stephen Curry had 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting, while Klay Thompson was held to 13 after a scoreless first half. But Iguodala and the Warriors bench picked up the slack, outscoring the Atlanta reserves 55-37.
Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 23 points _ 19 coming in the first quarter, the highest-scoring period of his career. But Schroder went to the bench with 8:41 left in the third quarter and, mysteriously, never returned. There was no indication he was hurt.
Led by Schroder, the Hawks raced to a 42-35 lead in a run-and-gun first quarter –matching their highest-scoring period of the season.
Atlanta was still ahead 66-61 at the half, but it was clear the home team had missed a chance to push the margin even higher.
Thompson was scoreless over the first two quarters, missing his only two shots while picking up three fouls. Draymond Green also spent extended time on the bench with three fouls. Curry had just seven points on 2-of-6 shooting.
But the Warriors got it going in the second half, and the Hawks went most of the way without their point guard.
SORRY ABOUT THAT, JOSE
Warriors coach Steve Kerr sympathizes with point guard Jose Calderon, who had planned to join the Golden State until Durant’s injury forced the team to sign Matt Barnes instead.
The Warriors waived Calderon just a few hours after he signed with them, so he would remain playoff eligible, and he was claimed by the Hawks. In an interesting twist, his second game with Atlanta was against the team he was supposed to be with to finish out the season.
“I’m happy for him that Atlanta picked him up. He’ll get a chance to play in the playoffs, which I know is important to him,” Kerr said. “I feel bad the way things turned out with us, but I know he understands that’s the way the NBA works. It’s kind of a strange place.”
Patrick McCaw took over Durant’s spot for the night, giving the rookie his sixth start of the season. He had nine points and seven rebounds.
Kerr has been impressed with the second-round pick out of UNLV.
“He knows exactly what he’s doing out there,” Kerr said. “I mean, he’s still learning the NBA game. But he’s just got a natural feel for the game –cutting at the appropriate time, hitting the right man, taking the shot when it’s there, defending and understanding angles defensively. He’s a really good player. We’re lucky.”
THE PRINCE OF ATLANTA
Rookie Taurean Prince has become a bigger part of Atlanta’s playing rotation in recent games, even drawing some tough assignments such as guarding LeBron James and Paul George.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said the team wants to speed up Prince’s development after playing him sparingly much of the season. He was the 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft.
“To some degree, he’s earned it,” Budenholzer said. “But he needs to follow up a game good with another one. His attention to detail, his alertness. As a rookie, he’s been learning the last couple of nights. But he’s good the size, he’s got the athleticism, and we want to push his growth, push his development.”