Golden State races its way to win over Atlanta
by Charles Odum
Associated Press Sports Writer
December 16, 2012 01:04 AM | 847 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors completed an impressive road trip with a 115-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry collected 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Golden State, which went in front to stay in the second quarter. Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry each had 19 points.

The Warriors capped a 6-1 tour against Eastern Conference teams, including a win at Miami. It was the team’s first winning road trip of at least six games since a 4-3 trip in the 1970-71 season.

Al Horford led Atlanta with 17 points. Lou Williams scored 16 and Ivan Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Hawks had won 11 of 13.

The Warriors grabbed control when they outscored the Hawks 36-23 in the second period. Barnes gave Golden State the lead for good when he opened the period with his first of two straight 3-pointers.

No Hawks starter logged 30 minutes, and backups played most of the final period.

Golden State completed a sweep of its two-game season series against Atlanta one night after a 99-85 loss at Orlando. It was Lee’s seventh straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Hawks coach Larry Drew was called for a technical foul as he protested a play at the end of the first half. No foul was called as Jeff Teague was knocked to the floor on a missed layup. Drew charged from the bench and drew the technical as he was restrained by his assistants.

Curry made the free throw awarded for the technical foul to open the second half.

Warriors rookie center Festus Ezeli was held out due to a bruised right knee. He banged his knee in Friday night’s loss at Orlando and had difficulty loosening up in pregame drills.

Andris Biedrins filled in for Ezeli and had seven rebounds and no points in his first start of the season.

Josh Smith had a difficult night for Atlanta. He was 1-for-12 from the field for three points while playing only 24 minutes.

NOTES: Newly retired Braves 3B Chipper Jones attended the game with two of his sons. ... Lee has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games, the longest streak of his career. ... Hawks G Anthony Morrow (sore back) did not play. ... The Warriors continue to be without C Andrew Bogut, who is recovering from ankle surgery, and G Brandon Rush, who is out for the year with an injured left knee. ... Jarrett Jack, the former Georgia Tech star, had 13 points for Golden State.

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