Andre Iguodala drains buzzer-beating game-winning shot
Friday's game-winning shot was Iguodala's second buzzer-beater of the season, the first coming in a 116-115 victory over Oklahoma City on Nov. 14. (USATSI)
Once again, Andre Iguodala saves the night.
Iguodala drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday night to send the Warriors to a 101-100 victory over the Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Clearly fighting the fatigue that comes with playing back-to-back nights in two different cities, the Warriors staged a stirring fourth-quarter comeback Friday night to merely give themselves a chance.
Trailing 91-76 and looking finished with 6:33 left, the Warriors went on a 20-4 run to take a 96-95 lead on a Stephen Curry layup with 2:12 left to play. The Hawks regained the lead and were up 100-98 when the Warriors called timeout with 3.2 seconds to play.
Iguodala inbounded the ball to Curry, who was double-teamed on the sideline and somehow found a way to send it back to Iguodala. He quickly turned toward the basket and swished the 26-foot jumper to push the Warriors' win streak to eight — their longest since 2005.
David Lee led Warriors scorers with 23 points, Curry added 22 and Klay Thompson put in 21. The win moved the Warriors to 22-14, while Atlanta fell to 18-15.
This was Iguodala's second buzzer-beater of the season, the first coming in a 116-115 victory over Oklahoma City on Nov. 14 at Oracle Arena.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Curry didn't shoot it particularly well, but he came through in the clutch, scoring 9 points during the 20-4 run and 14 in the fourth quarter.
And, of course, there was Iguodala for making the game-winner.
TURNING POINT: The 20-4 run to take a late lead. The Warriors had missed 18 consecutive 3-point shots. Their bench was abysmal. Their tongues were hanging out. And they found a way.
INJURY UPDATE: For the Warriors: Centers Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist surgery) and Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors headed for the nation's capital after the game, where on Sunday they face the Wizards at the Verizon Center. The Warriors have won their last five games against Washington and nine of the last 12.