Hawks send struggling Warriors to fourth straight loss 124-108

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

John Collins and Trae Young combined to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 124-108 win over the Warriors Friday evening at Chase Center.

With the Warriors playing their fifth straight game without Steph Curry, Atlanta never trailed in handing Golden State their fourth consecutive loss. Collins scored a career-high 38 points on 14-19 shooting from the floor in addition to pulling down 12 rebounds as the Hawks built a 24 point fourth quarter lead and were never threatened.

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John Collins goes up for a shot during Atlanta’s 124-108 win over Golden State Friday night at Chase Center. Collins connected for a career-high 38 points to go along with 12 rebounds as the Hawks handed the Warriors their fourth straight loss.

While the marquee match-up between Young and Curry didn’t materialize, the third-year Hawks guard didn’t miss a beat, connecting for 21 points while dishing out 15 assists. The hot shooting Hawks blistered the nets with 66% shooting in the first half before settling down only slightly to finish at 54.8% for the night.

Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 29 points on 10-19 shooting. James Wiseman added 18 and Jordan Poole chipped in 15. Clint Capela pulled down a game high 15 rebounds as Atlanta dominated the boards, out-rebounding Golden State 45-33.

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Atlanta’s Trae Young dishes off a pass on the way to a game high 15 assists to go along with 21 points during the Hawks win over the Warriors Friday night.

Collins, playing his first game after surviving the prospect of getting moved by Atlanta at the trade deadline yesterday, was quite happy following the game: “My teammates did a great job of finding me. I’m definitely happy to be here, to have a Hawks jersey on, to see the same faces, same coaching staff. It gives me peace of mind to carry out my day-to-day business as I have been up until this point.”

Asked about his teams continued defensive lapses, Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated “They (Atlanta) got anything they wanted. They made threes, they scored in the paint, they got offensive boards. They’re a good team. So disappointing for a team that’s been very good defensively all year. We’re definitely in a funk at that end of the floor right now. I think we’ve lost a little confidence the last couple of games and it just feels like the guys have let that affect them.”

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James Wiseman slams one down with authority during the Warriors blow out loss to the Hawks Friday night. The rookie center was one of the few bright spots for Golden State, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds as the Warriors lost their fourth straight game.

Golden State will have the weekend off to recover before returning to Chase Monday night for a matchup with the Chicago Bulls and their newly acquired All-Star center Nikola Vucevic.

GAME NOTES:

The four-game losing streak is the Warriors second in the month of March. The loss also snapped the Warriors seven game home-winning streak vs. Atlanta.

Jordan Poole scored 15 points and has now has 11 consecutive games scoring in double figures, a career-high.

Draymond Green had nine assists but didn’t attempt a field goal in 27 minutes, marking the first time in his career that he didn’t take a shot in a regular season game he started.

The Warriors fell to 1-6 this season without Curry in the lineup.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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