Golden State shot a season-high 58.1 percent from the floor and recorded its second-largest margin of victory with a 122-97 rout of Atlanta in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 2.
The Warriors haven’t lost to the Hawks since a 121-96 setback in Atlanta on March 11, 2002, but come into this contest struggling.
Golden State began a five-game road trip Sunday with a 103-90 defeat to Minnesota, its sixth loss in seven contests. Jason Richardson scored 36 points for the Warriors but they had no answer for Kevin Garnett, who had 23 points, tied a season-high with 21 rebounds and added five assists for the Timberwolves.
“It’s not about scoring, this game is about winning,” Richardson said. “If I would’ve scored five points and we would’ve won, I’d have been happy.”
Richardson has scored no fewer than 22 points in his last four games against the Hawks, and is averaging 21.7 on 46.6 shooting in nine career contests against them.
Golden State will also play Charlotte, Miami and Orlando on its trip before heading home to face Minnesota on March 16.
The Hawks are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 95-93 loss at Miami on Saturday.
With the score tied at 93, Atlanta rookie Salim Stoudamire missed a jumper with 20 seconds to play. With time running out, Miami’s Udonis Haslem missed a foul-line jumper, but newly acquired Derek Anderson gathered the ball before it could go out of bounds and fed Alonzo Mourning for a slam-dunk with 1.8 seconds to play.
Atlanta squandered an 11-point lead heading into the final quarter en route to its 10th straight loss to the Heat.
“We can play with the best—we beat Detroit, San Antonio,” said Josh Smith, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. “We just couldn’t come up with the win tonight.”
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 28 points and is shooting 52.9 percent (18-for-34) over the last two games. Johnson had 17 points against Golden State in his Hawks debut on Nov. 2.