The Atlanta Hawks suffered a devastating loss on Friday night falling at the buzzer to an Andre Iguodala three-pointer that gave the Golden State Warriors a 101-100 win. Atlanta led by 15 points in the fourth quarter before poor execution and some hot shooting from the Warriors led to the comeback.
The biggest play of the game might have been Stephen Curry's bucket with 29 seconds remaining that pulled the Warriors to within 100-98. That he scored that quickly gave the Warriors a two for one opportunity in the final moments. Atlanta ran down as much time as they could with their final possession but weren't able to get a good shot setting up one final chance for the Warriors.
The Warriors inbounded the ball to Curry who was immediately doubled by Pero Antic. Seeing the double coming, Curry whipped a pass to Andre Iguodala who knocked down the game-winner at the buzzer.
Following the game, Mike Budenholzer talked about the final possession and whether or not doubling Curry was the plan.
"We wanted to stay connected with everybody. We thought they would go to one of their shooters. We defended the initial action pretty well. Steph Curry demands a lot of attention. We got the ball out of his hands and then they made a tough shots. It's a credit to Iguodala, a credit to Curry to make the pass. Two good players made a good play."
So the plan coming out of the timeout was not to double Curry and it was a decision that Antic regretted following the game.
"In the end I make some mistakes, and we lost the game and I feel bad," Antic said.
The Hawks have played in a league-high 10 games that have been decided by two points or less and are 5-5 in those contests.
That last defensive miscue somewhat puts a damper on Antic's best night as an NBA player. In his first start, Antic scored a team-best 16 points while going 4-6 from three-point range. Coach Bud's plan to start Antic in an effort to pull Warriors center Andrew Bogut away from the basket worked as Antic made the Warriors pay from deep and forced them to make adjustments late in the game.
The Hawks built a 15 point lead due to their bench and their ball movement. That Atlanta was in position to win with Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver combining for 17 points on 5-21 shooting speaks volumes about their defensive effort.
- DeMarre Carroll returned from a two game absence due to a sprained thumb and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, four steals and zero turnovers. Best of all he showed no ill-effects from the injury while hitting 5-8 shots.
- Shelvin Mack continues to be the feel good story of the season and is quickly becoming very important to this team due to his defense. He led the Hawks off the bench with 15 points, four assists and three steals while going 6-8 from the field. Mack played 26 minutes and was in the game down the stretch.
- MIke Scott also turned in a productive game off the bench finishing with 12 points and three rebounds in just over 18 minutes.
- Kyle Korver extended his consecutive games streak with a made three to 102 but was just 2-7 in the game and 1-5 from the field. Korver is 2-11 from three-point range in his last two games.