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Warriors waste chance against lowly Hawks, lose 104-79

Wes Goldberg, The Mercury News on

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ATLANTA -- The Warriors entered Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with a good opportunity to earn a much-needed win. Instead, they didn't give themselves a chance.

The Warriors (4-18) lost to the Hawks, 104-79, Monday at State Farm Arena. Coming off a tightly contested game against the Orlando Magic that came down to the final shot, the Warriors also welcomed back center Kevon Looney against a Hawks (5-16) team that had previously lost 10 straight games.

After going into the second quarter with a 23-20 lead, the Warriors gave up a 12-4 run, only to fall behind 32-27 with 7:19 left in the half. They wouldn't lead again. By halftime, the Warriors trailed 49-40.

A lot of shots went in and out as the Warriors shot 39.8%, but the offense was mostly sloppy as they committed 23 turnovers, including 10 in the first half alone. Golden State's 79 points is their worst scoring output of the season (it had previously been 87 points in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 2).

In the second half, 42-year-old Vince Carter drained a 3-pointer to cap off a 14-2 run that extended the Hawks' lead to 23, 76-53, with 1:09 left in the third. Rookie guard Ky Bowman's layup at the start of the fourth quarter broke a scoring drought that lasted nearly five minutes of game time.

Rookie Eric Paschall may have offered the lone bright spot for the Warriors, scoring 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting to along with nine rebounds and six assists. Looney finished with two points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. Guard Alec Burks scored 15 points while Bowman and forward Omari Spellman added 10 points each.

The Hawks were paced by point guard Trae Young's 24 points and seven assists. Rookie forward De'Andre Hunter scored 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Former Warriors center Damian Jones, who was traded for Spellman this summer, finished with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and eight rebounds.

 

Monday's game wasn't without its obstacles. With Draymond Green given the night off, the Warriors played with nine players on the second day of a back-to-back set in the middle of an arduous five-game trip.

Still, as the team with the worst record in the league, the Warriors were playing a team with the second-worst record in the league in the middle of their worst stretch of the season. The Warriors are 0-3 halfway through the current trip, with games in Charlotte and Chicago coming up to round out the week.

Those, too, should offer opportunities for a morale-boosting win. So far, however, the Warriors haven't made the most of those chances.

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