ATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks climbed back to the top of the NBA standings by leaning on their depth.
Jeff Teague scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Golden State's one-two backcourt punch with balance, beating the Warriors 124-116 on Friday night in a showdown between the NBA's two conference leaders.
"I think we share the ball more than they do," said Atlanta's Dennis Schroder, who had nine points and seven assists off the bench. "I think that's why we won the game."
The anticipated matchup did not disappoint. It was tied 52-all at halftime and Atlanta led by four entering the final period.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Mike Scott and Kyle Korver, who each had 17 points, helped stretch the lead.
The Hawks (42-9, .824) passed the Warriors (39-9, .813) for the league's best record.
It was tempting for all — with the possible exception of Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer — to view the game as a possible NBA Finals preview.
"I don't think one bit about that," Budenholzer said without a smile after the game.
The Timberwolves play host to both teams next week — Atlanta on Monday and Golden State on Wednesday.
The Warriors leaned on their one-two punch of Klay Thompson, who had 29 points, and Stephen Curry, who had 26 with nine assists. Golden State had only two other scorers in double figures.
Al Horford had 12 points and 14 rebounds, despite playing only eight minutes in the second half because of foul trouble, and Paul Millsap had 21.
"They were good," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "They were better than us. We broke down defensively. They had a lot to do with that because of the way they stretch you out."