OAKLAND The Warriors aren't a good rebounding team. But they even impressed themselves by the way they rebounded on Friday. The Warriors registered one of their biggest wins of the season over the Atlanta Hawks 119-114 at Oracle Arena on Friday one game after having their hearts torn out in a triple overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
The win over Atlanta takes the edge off the hangover from Wednesday's defeat. Having lost to the lowly Kings, the Warriors responded by beating one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta entered Friday holding the No. 4 seed in the East and the ninth best record in the NBA.
The schedule gets easier for a spell as the next two Warriors opponents Washington and Oklahoma City are a combined 16-63.
"Even though they haven't been playing well due to injuries to (starting center) Al Horford," Warriors center Ronny Turiaf said, "they are still a pretty good Basketball team. It feels good to beat them and to try and create some kind of momentum."
The Warriors pulled it out by alleviating the mistakes that beset them down the stretch against the Kings on Wednesday. They stopped relying on tough jumpers and came up with some loose balls and crashed the boards.
Golden State (12-29) outrebounded the Hawks (47-39) and held them to just nine second-chance points. The Warriors shot 50.6 percent from the field and turned the ball over just six times in the second half.
The Warriors began to break away from the Hawks in the fourth quarter. Swingman Stephen Jackson, who returned from a four-game absence due to a strained right hamstring, picked the pocket of Hawks point guard Mike Bibby and led a fast break the other way, hitting swingman Corey Maggette for a one-handed dunk. It capped a 15-7 run to open the quarter, giving the Warriors their largest lead of the game, 100-88, with 7:02 left.
But the Warriors lapsed into the kind of play that cost them Wednesday. Bibby found himself open long enough to knock down back-to-back 3-pointers, cutting the Warriors' lead to 102-101 inside of five minutes.
Guard Jamal Crawford then bricked a 21-footer. Then Jackson, who grabbed the offensive rebound, missed a 3-pointer. Hawks guard Ronald Murray followed by nailing his open look from 3-point range. Murray then stripped Jackson and got a layup at the other end, capping an 18-2 Atlanta run. The Warriors suddenly trailed 106-102 with 3:27 left.
Golden State was 1-for-6 during the run, including three hoists from long range, and turned the ball over three times. But the Hawks' run seemed to flip a switch for the Warriors.
Crawford, who finished with a game-high 29 points, snapped Atlanta's run by making two free throws after driving to the basket. The next time down, he passed up a long range shot and zipped the ball inside to Maggette, who laid it in, tying the game 106-106. Moments later, he stopped on a dime and pulled up for an easy jumper from the right side of the free throw line to put the Warriors back up by two.
Notes: Point guard C.J. Watson sat out of Friday's game with sprained left big toe. An MRI revealed it was inflamed. He is day-to-day. ... Watson's absence led to a Marcus Williams sighting. The little-used guard checked in in place of Crawford. Williams nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2.5 seconds left in the half. ... Hawks forward Marvin Williams was sent to the hospital to get his head checked out. Williams might have suffered a concussion when he was fouled by Turiaf at the 9:06 mark of the second quarter. Williams hit his head on the hardwood in the fall. He split his free throws before checking out some 30 seconds later.
Contact Marcus Thompson II at bayareanewsgroup.com .Warriors 119, Hawks 114next game: Monday, vs. Wizards, 1 p.m.