Warriors hang on against Hawks, but lose Curry to injury
WIN COMES AT A COST
After getting a scare when Stephen Curry tweaked his right ankle and limped off in the first quarter, the Warriors relaxed a bit when he returned in the second quarter to terrorize the Hawks.
Curry scored 28 points -- 18 after tweaking his ankle -- equaling Kevin Durant’s output as the Warriors hung on for a 114-109 the victory in Atlanta.
Nick Young added 16 points off the bench and Klay Thompson totaled 14 as the Warriors (49-14) won their fifth consecutive game. Andre Iguodala’s steal and ensuring dunk with 5.4 seconds left finally finished off the resilient Hawks.
Curry played through the discomfort into the second half before leaving the game for good with 6:24 left in the third.
Curry played limited minutes but put his fingerprints were over much of the game.
Curry’s line: 28 points (8-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, 8-of-8 from the line), three assists, two steals and one rebound. He played 24 minutes and finished plus-2.
With four 3-pointers, Curry became the first player in NBA history to post six seasons with at least 200 triples.
Though the Warriors led by as much as 12 in the first half and were up 15 in the third quarter, the Hawks continue to slice into leads.
The Warriors took a 111-100 lead on a pair of Durant free throws with 2:18 left but hung on despite being outscored 9-3 over the remainder of the game.
Warriors: Curry tweaked his right ankle late in the first quarter but returned midway through the second quarter. G Shaun Livingston (rest) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) were listed as out.
Hawks: F DeAndre Bembry (abdominal strain) and G Antonius Cleveland (L ankle rehab) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court next Tuesday night, when they face the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.