Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/23

Game 1: Wednesday, February 23rd
Game 2: Saturday, March 12th

Hawks 96

(10-43, 2-24 away)

Warriors 101

(16-38, 11-17 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, February 23, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 27 18 25 2696
    GS 26 32 23 20101

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Walker 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: J. Richardson 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Murphy has season-high 20 boards in victory

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Smith watched intently while Jason Richardson whirled through the air for a 360-degree slam that brought the Golden State fans to their feet.

    Smith might be the current dunk contest champion, but Richardson has two trophies back at home -- and Richardson also has a complete game to back up his high-flying skills.

    Richardson scored 31 points, Derek Fisher added 20 and the Warriors sent the Atlanta Hawks to their 17th straight road loss, 101-96 on Wednesday night.

    After Tuesday night's loss at Sacramento, Smith said he didn't want to be known only as the dunk champion at the expense of an all-around game. Richardson, who also won in his rookie year, has felt exactly the same way for two seasons -- and he has taken a significant leap forward this year, becoming the Warriors' leader on the stat sheet and in the locker room.

    "I was little worried about the five-day break," Richardson said. "I thought we would be a little rusty, but guys were ready to play and came out hard. We're basically starting four guards, so we try to get up and down the court."

    Richardson didn't enter the dunk contest this season, but he might be persuaded to return later in his career when he has established himself as much more than an acrobat -- and if a car or another really good prize is offered.

    "I still think (Smith) would beat me. I'm getting old," Richardson said. "That boy gets up. I congratulated him before the game. We're trying to keep the dunk contest alive. It's one of the most exciting things at the All-Star weekend."

    Troy Murphy had a season-high 20 rebounds for the Warriors after missing their final 10 games before the All-Star break with a broken left thumb. Golden State, which went into the break with a surprising road win over Seattle, returned with a solid effort against the moribund Hawks, who have the NBA's worst record at 10-43.

    Antoine Walker scored 27 points and rookie Josh Childress had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost five straight to the Warriors. Atlanta, which hasn't won on the road since a victory in Detroit on Dec. 10, lost its sixth straight overall.

    Golden State took control with a 14-0 run in the second quarter, holding the Hawks scoreless for nearly five minutes.

    "We do a great job fighting back and giving ourselves a chance to win, but we have to stop killing ourselves early like that," Walker said. "We have to let teams chase us for a little while. It would be fun to have teams chase us, because we exert so much energy trying to get back in the game."

    Atlanta never got closer than six points until the final minute, when Walker hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 97-94.

    But Fisher hit a fallaway jumper with 9.8 seconds left to clinch the Warriors' second victory in eight home games. Mike Dunleavy also scored seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.

    The Hawks had another frustrating outing after losing at Sacramento on Tuesday night, again giving up too many easy baskets. Moments after getting a technical foul, Atlanta's Tony Delk went to the locker room in the second quarter with a bruised left hand.

    "We outplay a team for three quarters, and then give up one quarter that costs us the game," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "It's a fine line, winning on the road. You have to almost play a perfect game. In the second quarter, it was obvious that we just didn't have it."

    The Arena was buzzing with rumors of the Warriors' apparent negotiations with New Orleans to acquire guard Baron Davis, but a club spokesman insisted no deal was imminent. Dale Davis, the veteran forward believed to be in the talks, had four points and four rebounds.

    "Really? I'm going to call Baron right now," Richardson said when he heard the rumors. "I'm on the phone right now. Me and B.D. are good friends. That would be huge for the franchise."

    Game notes

    Adonal Foyle blocked six shots for Golden State. ... Woodson also got a technical in the fourth quarter. ... To make room for Murphy, the Warriors put third-string PG Luis Flores on the injured list with a strained right hamstring. ... Golden State gets three days off before Sunday's home game against Detroit, followed by an eight-game road trip.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 101
    FGM-FGA 41-97 (.423) 36-88 (.409)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 8-13 (.615) 21-28 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-59 15-50
    Assists 24 21
    Turnovers 17 11
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 3 10
    Fast Break Points 7 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 17

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 27
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1