Golden State coach Steve Kerr wasn’t going to gamble on leaving Stephen Curry in a close game, even after Curry’s dramatic proof of how well he could play after turning his right ankle.
Curry scored 28 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes of the first half after returning from the ankle injury, and the Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Jonas Valenciunas and reserve Fred VanVleet added 12 points apiece for Toronto.
Otto Porter Jr. led Washington with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Bradley Beal rebounded from an eight-point effort Wednesday against Golden State to finish with 23.
But 18 Washington turnovers — including six by point guard Tomas Satoransky — led to 27 Toronto points.
“I think it was bad decision-making, especially on my part,” Satoransky said. “I think I have to do a much better job. Especially the first half. I felt like that kind of had an influence on my game There were some bad mistakes I usually don’t do.”
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“Basically their call,” Curry said. “Frustrating, but big picture, I understand. … I don’t think it’s going to be anything that will keep me out.”
Kerr said Curry was “limping a little bit” in the third quarter, leading to the “precautionary” decision to take him out of the game for good.
“He wanted to stay in but we didn’t want him to stay in just because of the potential to make it worse,” Kerr said.
Kevin Durant also had 28 points for the Warriors, who are unbeaten since the All-Star break.
Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, who had 27 points, sank three free throws with 19 seconds remaining to cut Golden State’s lead to 111-109. Durant made only one of two free throws to Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike push the lead to three points before Andre Iguodala’s steal from Kent Bazemore and layup clinched the win.
“Kent lost the ball and it just fumbled to me,” Iguodala said.
Kerr said the steal was “a hell of a play, an attacking, defensive Baseball Jerseys Custom play. Pretty impressive basically just to take the ball from Kent and go down and finish the game. … That was amazing.”
Bazemore led the Hawks with a career-high 29 points.