Warriors 98, Hawks 85

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ATLANTA (AP)—After leading by only four points at halftime, the Golden State Warriors felt it was important to take control in the third quarter.

Mission accomplished.

With Mike Dunleavy and Jason Richardson leading the way, the Warriors outscored Atlanta by 14 in the third period and then coasted to a 98-85 victory over the slumping Hawks on Wednesday night.

Dunleavy scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter and matched his career high with 14 rebounds as Golden State won consecutive road games for the first time this season.

“We said at halftime we wanted to nail it down in the third quarter,” said Nick Van Exel, who had seven points and three assists in the period.

“We didn’t want to give them any type of chance to think they could win it in the fourth,” Van Exel said. “We didn’t want their crowd to be any type of factor.”

The Warriors shot 67 percent from the field while outscoring the Hawks 31-17 in the third quarter to push the lead to 80-62.

The Warriors made 10 of 21 3-point attempts overall to match their season high in 3-pointers and outscore the Hawks 30-0 from 3-point range. Atlanta was 0-for-5 from behind the arc.

While Golden State has won consecutive road games over New York and Atlanta by a combined margin of 31 points, the Hawks are reeling and showing signs of discord.

The Hawks have lost five straight and 11 of 13 to fall to the bottom of the Central Division.

Atlanta coach Terry Stotts benched starters Jason Terry and Theo Ratliff for the start of both halves after they were late for a pregame walkthrough. Stotts said they also were late for a walkthrough Tuesday, but Terry insisted this was his first offense.

Stotts put both players in the game at 6:46 of the first quarter, but they did not respond the same way.

While Ratliff scored 15 points and led Atlanta with 11 rebounds in 29 minutes, Terry appeared sluggish and was benched most of the second half.

“I was happy with the way Theo responded,” Stotts said. “I thought he was a pro and gave it all he had coming off the bench. I thought he was terrific.”

Added Stotts: “I was disappointed with the way Jason approached it. I thought he could have played harder and approached it the same way Theo did.”

After a 97-79 loss at Miami on Tuesday, Ratliff challenged Stotts to “Change the starting five. Do something.”

Ratliff had more strong words Wednesday night, but he pointed his charge to his teammates.

“We’ve got to feel like we want to get better,” Ratliff said. “… People have got to look in the mirror.”

Jason Richardson added 22 points for the Warriors.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim led Atlanta with 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting.


Golden State forward Troy Murphy, activated Tuesday, made his season debut in the first quarter. Murphy had been out with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. … Hawks rookie Boris Diaw missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Atlanta’s Shareef Abdur-Rahim, held to eight points in the Hawks’ 99-72 loss at Golden State on Nov. 5, scored eight ofAtlanta’s first 16 points Wednesday.

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M. Dunleavy M. Dunleavy
10-15,  25 Pts
14 Rebs, 6 Assists
S. Abdur-Rahim S. Abdur-Rahim
6-16,  16 Pts
10 Rebs, 4 Assists

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