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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.