Huge second half propels Warriors past Hawks; Davis hurt
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson had 28 points as the Golden
State Warriors used a huge second half to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 122-97, in
the season opener for both teams at The Arena in Oakland.
Baron Davis left in the third quarter with a strain of his left hamstring. He
finished with 15 points and seven assists on the night for the Warriors, who
outscored the Hawks, 75-40, in the second half.
Troy Murphy had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Mickael Pietrus put up 20
points, 18 in the second half, off the bench as the Warriors defeated the
Hawks for the seventh time in a row.
Al Harrington had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Joe Johnson, who was
acquired in the offseason from the Phoenix Suns, added 17 points for the
Hawks, who opened the season following the sudden death of Jason Collier on
Marvin Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, had 12 points in his
NBA debut for the Hawks.
Atlanta saw a 10-point lead early in the third quarter disappear when Golden
State tore the game wide open with a 27-2 run.
The Warriors came out on fire in the third quarter. They outscored the Hawks
39-16 in the stanza. Richardson had eight points on the run, including a
three-point shot and a three-point play after being fouled on a two-point
Golden State scored 75 points in the second half and shot 6-of-12 from the
three-point line. The team finished with a 58 percent shooting percentage on
The first quarter ended with the Hawks up 26-25. However, on the strength of a
three minute 11-2 run, Atlanta went into the second half with a 57-47 lead.
The Warriors were outrebounded 28-19, missed 11 free throws, and committed 14
turnovers in the first half.
Harrington had eight points in the second quarter and 12 points in the
Atlanta had a league-worst 13-69 record last year…The Warriors will host the
Utah Jazz on Friday…Atlanta will visit the LA Clippers on Friday…Mike
Dunleavy, who signed a five-year contract extension on Monday, finished with
11 points and turned the ball over seven times.