John Collins poured in a career-best 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks made 9 consecutive shots in a second-quarter flurry that propelled them to a 124-108 victory over the reeling Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Friday, March 26 (Saturday, March 27, Manila time).
Collins, Trae Young, and Clint Capela all recorded double-doubles as the Hawks evened their record 4 games into their eight-game trip at 2-2.
Andrew Wiggins had a team-high 29 points for the Warriors, who lost their fourth straight and ninth in their past 12.
Facing a team that played the night before, the Hawks wasted no time turning their firepower on the Warriors, scoring 33 first-quarter points.
Their lead was 44-35 just before the midpoint of the 2nd quarter before they went on a 20-10 burst, getting 10 points from Collins, to blow the game open at 64-45.
Collins hit all 4 of his shots in the run. Capela added two baskets while Tony Snell, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Young added single hoops in a stretch of over 5 minutes of perfect shooting.
Atlanta led 70-52 at the half and coasted home.
Collins’ 38 points were 3 more than he recorded in any previous game. He also collected 12 rebounds to notch his 14th double-double of the season.
Young amassed 21 points and game-high 15 assists while Capela registered 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who had lost two straight after a trip-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Danilo Gallinari added 12 points and Bogdanovic 11 for Atlanta, which became the 29th and final visiting team to play at the two-year-old Chase Center in San Francisco.
Wiggins’ 29 points came on 10-for-19 shooting for the Warriors, who get a rematch on April 4 in Atlanta. Golden State hopes to have star point guard Stephen Curry, currently out with a bruised tailbone, back by then.
James Wiseman had 18 points, Jordan Poole 15, Kelly Oubre Jr 14, and Nico Mannion 10 for Golden State, which completes a two-game homestand Monday against the Chicago Bulls.
While scoreless, Draymond Green was the Warriors’ top ball distributor with 9 assists. He was back after missing one game due to an illness. – Rappler.com