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
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
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
"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."
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.