Atlanta at Golden State

Hawks earn first win with Bibby, topple Warriors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Maybe the Atlanta Hawks should adopt the Golden State Warriors fast-paced style.

The defensive-minded Hawks, behind 27 points from Joe Johnson and a terrific game off the bench by Salim Stoudamire, snapped a sixth-game losing streak with a 117-110 victory over the NBA's highest scoring team on Friday night.

Stoudamire added 18 points, Mike Bibby and Josh Smith 17 apiece and Josh Childress 13 for the Hawks, who never trailed and won for only the second time on the road in 15 games. They also got 10 points and 14 rebounds by Marvin Williams.

The Hawks, who snapped a seven-game road losing streak, gave up 13 points more than it averages on defense this year but gladly took the win. They have two games left on a six-game road swing.

Atlanta scored its highest total since a 116-11 win over Utah on Dec. 17. Golden State allows a league-high 108.1 points per game.

"We got out and ran with those guys," said Johnson, who added eight rebounds and eight assists. "We made a lot of shots early so we were able to build a lead."

The Hawks raced to a 35-23 lead after the first quarter, extended it to 23 early in the third and held off the Warriors, who got 35 points from Baron Davis and 24 by Monta Ellis.

Playing without starters Andris Biedrins (appendectomy) and Stephen Jackson (ankle), the Warriors got 14 points from Kelenna Azubuike and 12 from Al Harrington but had their four-game win streak snapped.

They had won seven of their previous eight at home.

"I have no excuses," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "It was a game I was worried about the whole day and rightly so. (The Hawks) are very athletic and very good and they deserve a lot of credit. I thought they played a great game."

It was the first win in three games for Bibby, who was traded for four Sacramento Kings players last Saturday.

With guards Acie Law (sprained right wrist) and Speedy Claxton (left knee) out with injury, the Hawks just needed Bibby to run the floor. Instead he broke loose with 13 points in the second quarter and he and Johnson combined for 32 by halftime.

"It was a good win," Bibby said. "I am going to try and push these young guys as hard as I can and keep everybody on the same page and try to keep winning."

He played sparingly in the second half with a sprained right foot and gave way to Stoudamire, who scored 12 points after halftime.

"Salim was fantastic tonight," Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson said. "He gave us a huge lift, made big shots and held his own defensively. He's going to be right in our rotation."

The Hawks (22-30) moved into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It was a great team effort," Woodson said. "I thought everybody played and contributed from the beginning to the end."

Golden State (33-22) had a chance to move into the eight and last playoff spot in the Western Conference but remained ninth.

Davis did his part, making 14 of 27 shots while adding seven assists and five rebounds. The Warriors were beat badly on the boards, 53-40.

"I didn't think that we came with a sense of urgency early," Davis said. "It's a tough deficit to come back from but we can't make excuses because two of our best players are out. We've got to go out and win."

Notes

  • After going for 21 points and 13 rebounds in a win over the Celtics Wednesday, Biedrins underwent a successful appendectomy Thursday night. The league-leader in field goal percentage (62.2 percent) is out indefinitely.
  • Jackson, the Warriors' second-leading scorer at 20.6 per game, missed his second straight game. "When he walked in (the building) he looked good enough to play," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "But he said the ankle was just too sore."
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Joe Johnson's 24 points play a big role in Atlanta gaining its fourth win in a row over Golden State.  (AP)
Joe Johnson's 24 points play a big role in Atlanta gaining its fourth win in a row over Golden State. (AP)

Scoreboard
Atlanta (22-30) «35332623117
Golden State (33-22) 23273921110
ATL:J. Johnson 27 Pts
ATL:M. Williams 14 Reb
ATL:J. Johnson 8 Ast
GS:B. Davis 35 Pts
GS:B. Wright 8 Reb
GS:B. Davis 7 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateAtlanta

B. Davis

J. Johnson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
35572788
Atlanta
J. Johnson, SG4210-224-688127
J. Smith, SF407-142-294317
M. Williams, SF382-116-6142210
M. Bibby, PG245-94-437017
A. Horford, PF184-90-04148
J. Childress, SG326-81-292313
S. Stoudamire, SG236-114-521218
J. Richardson, SF131-50-01013
Z. Pachulia, C101-12-23114
S. Claxton, PGDid Not Play
S. Jones, PFDid Not Play
A. Law, PGDid Not Play
M. West, SGDid Not Play
Totals 42-9023-27532617117
 46.7%85.2% 
Golden State
B. Davis, PG4614-273-657435
M. Ellis, SG4610-206-825326
A. Harrington, PF275-182-251412
M. Pietrus, SF260-30-02130
C. Webber, C152-40-07524
B. Wright, SF264-40-08028
K. Azubuike, SF256-101-151114
M. Barnes, SF194-80-05029
A. Croshere, PF111-20-01012
S. Jackson, SGDid Not Play
A. Biedrins, CDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
C. Watson, PGDid Not Play
Totals 46-9612-17402022110
 47.9%70.6% 
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NJ 103 Final
Ind 113
Phi 99 Final
Orl 115
Sac 116 Final
Char 115
Tor 99 Final
NY 103
Wash 89 Final
Cle 90
Hou 100 Final
NO 80
Den 121 Final
Chi 135
Mil 100 Final
Det 127
Dal 98 Final
Mem 83
Utah 104 Final
LAC 114
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Pho 85
Port 87 Final
Sea 99