Andre Iguodala knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired and the Warriors extended their winning streak to eight games with Friday’s 101-100 win in Atlanta. The clutch three was Iguodala’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the season, and this one capped a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback. Stephen Curry (22 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, five steals) was a big part of that comeback with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds in the fourth quarter, and all seven of Iguodala’s points came in the final period. Lee had 23 points and Klay Thompson came through with 21 as the Dubs closed the game on a 25-9 run after struggling through the first three quarters. Now 4-0 on this seven-game road trip, the Warriors will look to keep their winning streak alive on Sunday when they visit the Wizards.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“This was a quality win for us. I give my guys a lot of credit. They showed tremendous resilience, competitive spirit, they didn’t quit, and they chipped away, and gave ourselves a chance to win the game on the road against a very good basketball team.”
On what fueled the comeback:
“We started getting stops. We talked about starting with getting one stop, and then another stop, and then another stop. Then we got some quality looks. I thought the guys off the bench came in and gave us some great minutes. We went small, which opened the floor, and we were able to defend the pick-and-roll better. Offensively we were able to get great looks.”
On playing hard through the comeback:
“Great teams don’t make excuses. And we’re trying to become great, which makes me even more proud of them. They could have easily said, ‘We’re 3-0 on this trip, we lost to the Hawks after a big win last night.’ But this team has no quit. They are high character (guys), they enjoy one another, and when you do the right things, great things happen.”
On Andre Iguodala:
“The thing about Andre is he’s not afraid of the moment. We’ve got guys who put the time in. He’s another guy who’s there 10-, 11:00 at night getting shots up. You think he stumbles into that shot and he’s not afraid of it, but I’m watching him at midnight taking those same shots. So when the lights come on and the curtains open up he’s ready and prepared. He’s once again showing why we went and got him. He’s a big-time player.”
Andre Iguodala
On the final play:
“I started thinking if my man leaves, I’ll be open. He (Curry) hit me back and I made the shot. When you put in the hard work, things like that happen. We’re starting to understand different aspects of our game at different points of the season, and how we should be playing. I felt like this could have been a trap game, and it was until there was 3.2 seconds left in the game. Ten games ago I don’t know if we execute that play that well.”
“We’re growing as a team. We’re understanding the important things like rebounding, and trying to exploit a lot of the advantages we have during the game. This shows how we kind of have some resilience. We were down 14 in the third quarter, and there wasn’t any quit in us. The last seven minutes of the fourth quarter was great. We got stops and we got good looks.”
Stephen Curry
On the game:
“When we’re healthy we’re a good team, and we have a lot of confidence. When we were down no one was panicking or quitting on the game. So for us to make the plays down the stretch, get the stops and get the rebounds to give ourselves a shot, and then Andre (Iguodala) taking over, that’s a credit to every single guy on the floor.”
On the final play:
“I was a decoy at first, and then it became my play once we didn’t have our first option. Knowing there’s three seconds left you have time to catch and see what’s going on. I just tried to make the right play. Once I got the ball in my hands they jumped off of (Iguodala) and he jumped in. A clutch, clutch, clutch shot by him.”
After defeating the defending champion Heat in Miami on Thursday night, the Warriors take their seven-game winning streak to Atlanta where they’ll face off against the Hawks on Friday. This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. Golden State swept both games last season, including a 115-93 victory in Atlanta on December 15. A win on Friday would guarantee the Warriors a winning record on their season-long seven-game road trip.
The hottest team in the NBA stayed hot on Thursday night as the Warriors defeated the Heat 123-114 in Miami. The Dubs have now won seven games in a row and are the first Western Conference team to beat the defending champs on their own home floor since the Warriors did so last season. Stephen Curry put on a show, recording another double-double with 36 points and 12 assists. David Lee was equally impressive, notching another double-double of his own with 32 points and 14 rebounds. The victory pushes the Warriors’ record to 21-13. They’ll look to keep the streak going on Friday when they play the Hawks in Atlanta. GAME RECAP
Is there a single player in the entire league that’s more fun to watch than Stephen Curry? Judging by the ooh’s and ah’s he generated in the win at Miami, it seems unlikely. Curry was spectacular, showcasing the skills that have all but solidified his selection to the Western Conference All-Star team. But he wasn’t alone. David Lee had perhaps his best game of the season, notching another double-double with 32 points and 14 rebounds, while showing flashes of the kind of play that made him the Warriors’ first All-Star in 17 years a season ago. When the two of them play like they did on Thursday night, it forces one to wonder if there’s a better small-big combination throughout the rest of the league. What’s even scarier to think is that they appear to be regaining the chemistry they so awesomely exhibited last season. If that’s the case, look out. DUB THE VOTE
David Lee coined it, and it’s certainly fitting. When the Warriors have started their traditional lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Lee and Andrew Bogut, their record is 16-3. You don’t have to be a math genius to know that’s pretty darn good. Thursday’s win was a perfect example of just how scary the Warriors can be when their starters are all healthy and playing at a high level. As is always the case with the Dubs, health will be a major factor in determining their success as the season goes on, but for now, they have to be pleased with how the team has gelled in a relatively short time span. Fingers crossed that the #FullSquad continues for many games to come.
The Hawks are 12-4 at home this season and have won each of their last five games at Philips Arena. Atlanta leads the NBA with 25.7 assists per game and six players average at least 2.5 assists. With All-Star center Al Horford injured, Paul Millsap takes a featured role in Atlanta’s attack. He averages 17.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and slashing point guard Jeff Teague (17.0 ppg, 8.2 apg) is adept at finishing in the lane as well as driving and kicking out to Kyle Korver (.488), who leads the league in 3-point percentage and has made at least one trey in an NBA-record 101-straight games.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

ATL: DeMarre Carroll (sprained right thumb) is TBD. Al Horford (torn right pectoral muscle) and John Jenkins (low back pain) are out.