Atlanta took advantage of the Warriors ’lack of discipline to get 45 free throws, 24 more than their opponent, and Steve Kerr’s second five weaknesses.
The Hawks received no response to Stephen Curry
After the destruction against the Raptors in Tampa, the Warriors show a completely different face in Atlanta. Eight points from James Wiseman, who is active at the start of the game and has been found well by Draymond Green (11 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals), they can level off with the Hawks (16-15). However, Atlanta can rely on balance and a better outside address to regain the advantage, but the last-minute award-winning Curry shot brings both teams back (24-24).
Kevin Huerter takes advantage of the Golden Five’s second five players to start the 7-0 Hawks (31-24). The activity of Kelly Oubre Jr. (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins (16 points) keeps Warriors in contact with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green on the bench (38-35). While Clint Capela and Kevin Huerter weaken California’s defense, Stephen Curry takes matters into their own hands. He gets 10 of his team’s last 14 points to get Golden State to take the lead (59-57) at halftime with a goal of 14-6.
Hawks live on the free throw line
So far unnoticed, Bogdan Bogdanovic starts the third quarter with two award-winning shots, but the Warriors respond 6-0 to retain the lead (67-63). Clint Capela’s dominant position in the racket allows Atlanta to pick up points, but Stephen Curry continues his festival, having fun defending Hawks and scoring his team’s last 12 points 11, but the lack of discipline in Golden State offers a free throw after a free throw to Danilo Gallinari and Trae Young -79).
Like the first half, Atlanta is paying off its efforts against Golden State options. Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari get seven points, each in three minutes, to regain the advantage (93-91). Damion Lee raises Dub, but Bogdanovic and Snell respond 8-0, giving them a seven-point lead (105-98).
Lou Williams quits the job
Stephen Curry then takes responsibility. He goes to two points on the free throw line, and then puts a 3-point exit from the pick & roll to get the Golden State back to level -2 (105-103).
In “Money Time,” Nate McMillan then decides to trust Lou Williams rather than Trae Young, and the veteran proves he’s right. Isolated, he starts with his left hand before stopping halfway. He does the same in the next action, passing the target, but Clint Capela is there to take an offensive rebound and come back with a fault (110-103). The Warriors do not improve and therefore lose for the third game in a row.