The Golden State Warriors returned home from a 4-2 Eastern trip and beat the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 111-97 Friday at Oracle Arena, but the win might have come at a price.
Guard Klay Thompson, who leads the Warriors (39-24) at 36.6 minutes per game, left in the first period after taking a hard fall on a layup attempt and did not return. He was on the bench late in the game, however, and will be evaluated on Saturday, according to CSNBayArea.com.
Golden State took control of the game with a big second quarter as they shot 13-for-21 in the period and held the Hawks (26-34) to just 8-of-23 shooting while opening up a 66-52 halftime lead.
The Hawks got it back into single digits late in the third period, getting as close as 74-70 on a step back jumper by Pero Antic, but the Dubs put on a burst to close out the period and led 85-77 at the break.
The Warriors proceeded to put the game away with a 12-0 run to start the period, going up 20 on a pull-up 3-ball from Draymond Green with 6:09 to go in the game.
David Lee scored 18 points for the Warriors, while Jermaine O’Neal came off the bench for 17. Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry scored 13 points each, with Curry contributing seven assists, and Andrew Bogut had 10 points and nine rebounds. Green chipped in four steals and Steve Blake had three.
Atlanta was 39-for-86 (45.3 percent) overall, 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) from 3-point land and 11-for-13 (84.6 percent) from the free-throw line. Golden State was 43-for-80 (53.8 percent), 6-for-19 (31.6 percent) and 19-for-24 (79.2 percent).
The Warriors had a 44-36 edge on the board and ripped the Hawks apart inside, outscoring Atlanta in the paint 66-50 and Golden State also took advantage of mistakes, scoring 22 points off 18 Hawks turnovers while surrendering only 12 off the 16 turnovers it committed.
The Warriors are home again on Sunday, hosting the Phoenix Suns at 6 p.m. The Warriors currently lead the Suns by two games for the No. 6 position in the Western Conference.
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