Warriors edge Hawks in overtime
(The Sports Xchange) - Center Andrew Bogut capped a season-best, 19-point effort with a key tip-in with 1:51 remaining in overtime Tuesday night, allowing the Golden State Warriors to keep their home-court winning streak alive with a 109-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson had seven points in the extra session, and power forward Draymond Green buried a back-breaking, desperation 3-pointer with 40.2 seconds remaining, allowing the Warriors to win a 43rd straight at home with their fifth overtime victory of the season.
The Warriors (54-5) won without star point guard Stephen Curry, who sat out due to a strained left ankle.
Thompson, whose short jumper with 11.4 seconds remaining secured the narrow win, led the Warriors with 26 points on a night when he shot just 8-for-27. He did make six 3-pointers in 16 attempts.
Bogut hit eight of nine shots. Green contributed 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, helping Golden State complete a two-game, season-series sweep over the Hawks, having won 102-92 in Atlanta last week during a game in which Curry scored 36.
The Warriors, who have clinched a Western Conference playoff spot, improved to 2-1 this season in games without the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player.
Small forward Harrison Barnes (12 points), backup guard Leandro Barbosa (11) and reserve center Marreese Speights (10) also scored in double figures for the Warriors, who began a stretch in which they will play 17 of their final 24 games at home.
Power forward Paul Millsap had 19 points to lead the Hawks, who were playing the opener of a five-game trip.
Center Al Horford, hitting a 3-pointer for a 10th consecutive game, had 17 points for Atlanta, as did backup point guard Dennis Schroder. Continued...