Warriors rout Hawks, 114-95, in battle of conference leaders

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 114-95, in a game between the leaders of the two conferenc

Harrison Barnes had 25 points, Andre Iguodala added 21 points and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors cruised past the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 114-95, on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.

Stephen Curry had 16 points and 12 assists, Draymond Green contributed 18 points and Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 rebounds as balanced Golden State took over best record in the league (54-13) with its 10th straight win at home.

The Hawks (53-15), looking fatigued and trailing big by the fourth quarter, were denied again a chance to clinch their first division title since the 1993-94 season as Washington won at Utah.

Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll each scored 16 points and Carroll had 12 boards for cold-shooting Atlanta (53-15), which had won 10 of 12 and three in a row but shot 35.6 percent from the floor.

The Warriors certainly look ready for a long postseason run, showing off snazzy passing and unselfish play while winning their third straight and 10th in 12 games, in front of a rocking sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena.

Two days after Golden State clinched a playoff berth for the third consecutive season, the Warriors scored 44 baskets on 39 assists. It was the 25th time this season Golden State had 30 or more assists.

Both teams played short-handed. The Warriors were without All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who sprained his right ankle Monday against the Lakers and will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.

Justin Holiday started in Thompson's place, something Kerr said Holiday earned after a career-best, 23-point performance at Denver last Friday night.

Hawks star Kyle Korver is likely out at least another game after breaking his nose in a win against the Lakers on Sunday. Former Warrior and Laker Kent Bazemore moved into Atlanta's starting lineup.

at Oklahoma City 122, Boston 118: Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and added 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals to help the Thunder end the Celtics' winning streak at five games. Enes Kanter had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which moved half a game ahead of New Orleans in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

at Cleveland 117, Brooklyn 92: J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece, Kyrie Irving had 10 assists and the Cavaliers shook off a slow start to win their 14th straight home game. LeBron James added 16 points for Cleveland, which trailed by 13 points in the first quarter before going on a 30-8 run. Deron Williams scored 20 points for the Nets.

at Miami 108, Portland 104: Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, including a jumper with 13.6 seconds left to break a tie. Wade made 13 of 26 shots and Luol Deng had 24 points for Miami. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 34 points and 12 rebounds.

at Philadelphia 94, Detroit 83: Ish Smith scored 15 points and the 76ers ended a losing streak at four games by beating the Pistons for the third time in four tries this season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points for Detroit, which has lost 11 of 12.

San Antonio 114, at Milwaukee 103: Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Washington 88, at Utah 84: John Wall scored 24 points and the Wizards won their fifth in a row, while ending the winning streak of the Jazz at six games.

at Chicago 103, Indiana 86: Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls.

at Toronto 105, Minnesota 100: Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 and the Raptors beat the Timberwolves in Toronto for the 11th time in a row. Kevin Martin scored 37 points for Minnesota.

at Dallas 107, Orlando 102: Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Mavericks won despite nearly blowing a 22-point lead in the second half. Elfrid Payton had 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but missed a jumper that could have put the Magic ahead with 30 seconds left.

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