Some losses just hurt more than others. The Atlanta Hawks know the truth in that statement all too well after Friday's 101-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Hawks let a 15 point lead slip away in the fourth quarter but rallied to take the lead back before Andre Iguodala broke their heart's with a game-winning three as time expired.
Pero Antic put Atlanta up 91-76 with 6:48 remaining. The Warriors responded with a 20-4 run capped off by a breakaway layup by Stephen Curry to put Golden State up 96-95. The Hawks weren't done however as Atlanta scored the next five points to take a 100-96 lead. Curry brought the Warriors to within two at 100-98 with just over 29 seconds remaining. Atlanta then wound the clock down but the execution wasn't there forcing Paul Millsap to miss a tough turnaround. Golden State rebounded with 3.9 on the clock and one final chance.
The Warriors inbounded the ball to Curry who was immediately doubled by Antic and Jeff Teague. Curry got a pass off to Iguodala who rose up and knocked down a wide open three from the wing to give Golden State the victory.
Antic led the Hawks with 16 points and seven rebounds in his first start of the season. Shelvin Mack chipped in 15 points and four assists while Teague finished with 14 points and seven assists but was also credited with five turnovers. Mike Scott, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll all finished with 12 points each.
Atlanta overcame 20 turnovers thanks to ten more makes from three-point range. The Hawks went 10-31 from deep and were 16-19 from the free throw line.
David Lee led the Warriors with 23 points and eight rebounds. Curry had a big fourth quarter and finished with 22 points, nine assists, eight rebounds despite nine turnovers. Klay Thompson finished with 21 points, five rebounds and six assists. Iguodala scored all seven of his points in the fourth but none were bigger than his three at the buzzer.
The loss snaps Atlanta's five game home winning streak and drops them to 18-15 on the season. They will look to bounce back on Saturday when they hit the road to take on the Chicago Bulls.