Wednesday, February 21

Trae Young, Danilo Gallinari power Hawks past Warriors


ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 33 points, Danilo Gallinari added 25 and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the Golden State Warriors 121-110 on Friday night.

Klay Thompson finished with 37 points, hitting a season-high nine 3-pointers, and Jordan Poole scored 24 for the Warriors, who have dropped four of five. Poole and Thompson each had 22 points in the first half.

Golden State, third in the Western Conference, was coming off a rousing win at Miami on Wednesday before faltering against the Hawks. Atlanta, the No. 10 team in the East, had dropped two of three.

A left corner 3 by Kevin Huerter padded the lead, and Young followed with a straightaway 3 to make it 119-100 and put the game out of reach with 53.7 seconds remaining.

Young’s finger-roll gave Atlanta its first double-digit lead at 84-73 midway through the third, and Young followed with a straightaway 3 to make it 98-83 in the closing seconds of the period. Delon Wright’s 3-pointer put Atlanta up by 18 entering the fourth.

Atlanta took charge of the game at the end of the second and throughout the third as they outscored Golden State 43-16, but the Warriors weren’t done. They trimmed the lead to five on Gary Payton II’s tip-in with 5:37 remaining and to three on Payton’s putback with 3:45 left.

That was as close as Golden State would get.

The Warriors were without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, their leading scorer who is nursing a left foot sprain. Injuries kept forward John Collins, the Hawks’ second-leading scorer and rebounder, and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, their third-leading scorer, sidelined.

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Atlanta, which never trailed in the second half, has won 15 of 18 at home.

Thompson’s straightaway 3 gave the Warriors their first double-digit lead at 50-39 early in the second. He improved to 5 of 6 on 3s with another straightaway that made it 65-56 at the 2:39 mark of the period, but Atlanta, ending the half on a 13-2 run, got a three-point play from Young in the closing minute to lead 69-67 at intermission.

Golden State was up 42-36 at the end of the first quarter as Poole scored 15 and Thompson 11.

SIDELINED AGAIN

Second-year Warriors center James Wiseman, the second overall pick of the 2020 draft, is out for the remainder of the season as he recovers from right knee surgery last April.

Wiseman has missed the entire season, but he averaged 17.3 points with 9.7 rebounds and 1.67 blocks in 21 minutes playing three games for the G League Santa Cruz Warriors this month. Coach Steve Kerr said the knee is structurally sound but still has swelling.

“It makes the most sense to go this route,” Kerr said. “Again, I feel terrible for James. He’s been through so much already in just two seasons, but his long-term health is good. The knee looks sound. It’s just a decision that we feel makes the most sense his own best interest and our interest as well.”

Wiseman played 39 games as a rookie, averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala was listed as questionable Thursday but still missed his 20th straight game with lower back tightness. Kerr said there’s a chance he could play in one of the back-to-backs Monday at Washington and Tuesday at Memphis. … Poole has scored at least 20 points in 12 straight games. … Curry missed his fourth game in a row and isn’t expected to return until the playoffs. … Jonathan Kuminga started in place of forward Kevon Looney, the only Warrior to previously start every game this season.

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Hawks: Kevin Huerter added 20 points. … Collins is still bothered by a right finger sprain and right foot strain and missed his eighth straight game. There is no timetable for his return. … Bogdanovic was listed as questionable with right knee soreness. His injury isn’t considered serious.

UP NEXT

Warriors: At Washington on Sunday.

Hawks: At Indiana on Monday.

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