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OAKLAND, Calif. Vans Sk8 Hi White . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over .500? Only veterans Jermaine ONeal, Steve Blake and Andre Iguodala raised their hands. With so many home games remaining, the opportunity in front of the Warriors is rare. Golden State took another step forward Friday night by easing past the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 for its third straight win. "Were chasing greatness," Jackson said. "Were not going to be satisfied. Were going to continue to try to chalk up Ws, continue to battle and continue to celebrate where we are as a basketball team. Its a great time. And if nobody else knows it, we know it." David Lee had 18 points and six rebounds, and ONeal came off the bench to add 17 points and eight rebounds to lift the Warriors (39-24) a season-high 15 games over .500 with a relatively smooth win. Iguodala and Stephen Curry each scored 13 points to help Golden State build a 66-52 halftime lead and go ahead by 20 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors, fresh off a 4-2 road trip, are 8-2 since the All-Star break and beginning to look like the team that roared to the second-round of the playoffs last year. "Ive been 15 under in New York a bunch of times and when I first got here," Lee said. "It says a lot about the direction this organizations headed that were breaking through and reaching goals like that." Paul Millsap had 16 points and seven rebounds after missing the last five games because of a bruised right knee for the Hawks, who have lost five straight. Mike Scott added 14 points and DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague scored nine points apiece as Atlanta continued its late-season slide. The teams traded baskets for most of the first half until the Warriors put together a 12-1 spurt in the closing minutes that the Hawks (26-34) never recovered from. "We lost our focus," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We lost our mental toughness at the end of the second quarter and they were able to get out on us to like a 14-point lead going into halftime. That stretch really hurt us." Golden State began a stretch of nine of 11 and 13 of its final 20 games at Oracle Arena. The Warriors want to use the finishing stretch to re-establish their home-court advantage and make a run at the Los Angeles Clippers, who are four games ahead in the Pacific Division. The Warriors, who needed Iguodalas 3-pointer as time expired to beat the Hawks 101-100 in Atlanta on Jan. 3, allowed little drama in the rematch. Draymond Greens 3-pointer capped a run that put the Warriors ahead 97-77 with 6:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. The depleted Hawks, with big men Al Horford and Gustavo Ayon out for the season, never seriously challenged. The only major setback for the Warriors came when shooting guard Klay Thompson limped to the locker room six minutes into the first quarter with a strained lower back. He did not return for precautionary reasons, the team said. Thompson has been Golden States most durable player the past three years. He has played in a franchise-record 211 straight regular-season games to start his career. Jackson said Thompson couldve started the second half, but there was no reason to with the Warriors in control. Millsap moved Atlanta within four early in the third quarter, but he had little help inside. Golden State led 85-77 entering the fourth quarter before pulling away. "We got away from what weve been doing," Millsap said. "Its kind of tough to lose that discipline, especially when youre on the road." NOTES: Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 51 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA after Kyle Korvers league-record 127-game streak ended in Atlantas loss at Portland on Wednesday. Korver was 1-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc against the Warriors. ... The Hawks play at the Clippers on Saturday night. ... The Warriors host Phoenix on Sunday. Vans Old Skool Black Cheap . -- Stanley Johnson scored all 18 of his points in the second half, T. Buy Vans Online . Wade is posting a short film on his website next week, with a sneak preview scheduled to come out Wednesday.ATLANTA - No one takes losing harder than Rudy Gay, no one on the Raptors anyway. He wore it on his face Friday after the Raptors (1-1) suffered their first loss of the young season, a loss he took personally and accepted responsibility for. "It wasnt that easy for me tonight," Gay said after scoring 14 points on 6-of-23 shooting in Torontos 102-95 road loss to the Hawks. "I have to go back to the drawing board and think about different ways I can attack, get better and help this team win." Gay stood motionless in the visitors locker room, a blank expression on his face as he reflected on a game that slipped away from his team late in the first half. A group of Toronto reserves and a red hot DeMar DeRozan led a comeback bid late in the game but Atlanta had an answer for every Raptors run and the hole was too big to dig out of. "They made tough shots, they got to the line, they played great defence," Gay said, crediting the Hawks (1-1), who shot a blistering 10-of-23 from three-point range in their home opener. "They ran us in transition [and] we didnt get back. Personally, I dont think I helped a lot." The Raptors forward was suffocated by Hawks defenders throughout the game, forcing some tough shots and misfiring on ones he normally knocks down. Amazingly, nine of his 17 missed shots came in the paint, many of them on dribble drives into double coverage. He scored 17 fewer points than DeRozan on the same number of field goal attempts. "They did, they did but that doesnt matter," a frustrated Gay said, acknowledging the pressure Atlanta put on him. "Every team in the league is going to do that. It doesnt matter." Gay knows he has to be better. He certainly has to be more efficient as long as the offence runs through him and he continues to launch the bulk of Torontos shots. He has a believer in his head coach. "He missed some shots, its going to happen," head coach Dwane Casey said after the game. "I believe in Rudy, hes going to make those shots. Thats going to happen, teams are loading up on him." While many of Gays quick shots equated to missed opportunities on offence, he was far from the lone cause of the defeat, as Casey pointed out. Prior to DeRozan catching fire - he scored 23 of his 31 points in the second half - the Raptors offence was ineffective, shooting 35 per cent in the opening half and hitting on two of their first 13 attempts from long distance. For the second straight game ball movement and transition defence were problematic and the Raptors failed to rotate and close out on Atlantas shooters. Jeff Teague (17 points, 12 assists) and Al Horford (22 points, 16 rebounds) resembled the Spurs all-star duo of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in new coach, and former San Antonio assistant, Mike Budenholzers system. Teague routinely carved the Raptors defence apart in the lane, often finding the open man in the corner or making the pass that would lead to the open shooter. "It was a tough game," said Kyle Lowry, who added 16 points and four assists in the loss. "Weve just got to get back to what we know how to do and thats defending." The game was Torontos first on the road, where theyll play five of their next seven, after an opening night victory at home. Given the nature of the teams newly appointed front office and the roster makeup, this group will feel the pressure to get off to a better start than the one that derailed them a year ago. "We will get off to a better start," Gay promised. "Weve only played two games, you cant compare us to last year. Were going to play a lot better than today I can guarantee that." "Nobody said we were going to go undefeated," Casey echoed. "Nobody said we were going to be perfect. Were still a team that - like Ive said many times - is growing, learning and you can take a lot out of tonight and see where we need to grow." The turning point With neither offence clicking early, the first half was mostly a back and forth affair - with 21 lead changes and three ties - before Atlanta broke the game open with just over two minutes remaining in the second frame. Toronto led 37-36 with 2:15 left in the second quarter before the Hawks went on a 13-2 run, including three triples, to close out the half. "They hit some threes,&quuot; Casey said of that stretch. Toy Story Vans Australia. "We knew they were a great three-point shooting team and thats what opened it up." "That two minute stretch at the end of the half killed us," Lowry agreed. The Raptors second unit chipped away at the deficit and DeRozan - a one-man wrecking crew on Friday - helped his team hang around down the stretch. "We [expended] so much energy to get back," Casey said, "and I applaud our guys for fighting back, scratching and clawing. But again, its attention to detail right before halftime [and] not letting frustration set in because we miss a couple of shots." DeMars redemption For most of the game - certainly in the second half when he was dominant at times - DeRozan was Torontos lone bright spot offensively. The Raptors guard bounced back after a tough opener against Boston on Wednesday when he shot 6-for-19 and looked a lot like the player that was a standout for this team in the preseason. "He did a heck of a job of fighting through it," Casey said of the pressure Atlanta put on DeRozan defensively. "He had a rough first half. They were sending bodies at him but instead of getting his head down, he got going in the second half, looked to attack and got to the rim, which opened up his jump shot." Stagnant offence For the second straight game the Raptors registered just 15 assists, including six in the first half and one in the opening quarter. "Thats been an issue all through pre-season, its nothing new," Casey said of the ball movement concerns. "We continue to work on moving the ball. We have to continue to work on that and get better." "That team, they really load up really strong," Lowry added. "We have two players who are very individually gifted in Rudy and DeMar so we have to find ways to get those guys the ball but get movement after." Mutual respect between coaches Friday marked Budenholzers first home game as a head coach after spending 19 seasons in San Antonio where he served as an assistant under Gregg Popovich. He and Casey go way back to their battles, both as assistant coaches, in the Western Conference - Budenholzer with the Spurs and Casey in Dallas and Seattle. The two shared high praise for each other. "Hes a really special coach," Budenholzer said of his counterpart on Friday. "Hes really special working with players and developing players, what hes done with some guys over their careers when he was an assistant and now as a head coach. I have a ton of respect for him. I enjoy being around him and I enjoy working with him." "Im so happy he got his opportunity to be a head coach," Casey said of Budenholzer. "He did so much for San Antonio. [Popovich] kind of turned things over to him so a lot of stuff that San Antonio did is to his credit. Hes been doing it for a long time [but] his name wasnt listed as a head coach. Hes a special guy. Hes finally getting a shot." The system Budenholzer has installed in Atlanta shares similarities to the one he and Popovich have run for a couple decades in San Antonio, Casey pointed out. A lot of the pick-and-roll sets the Spurs run for Tony Parker and Tim Duncan fit skill set of Teague and Horford. Casey can identify with Atlantas new coach having gone through a similar situation a couple years back, coming in and preaching new principles with an overhauled roster (the Hawks have eight new players). "Its tough," Casey admitted. "Hes going through that now and it takes time [and] patience. Believe me, theyre closer than we were when [I] first came in. Hes putting in an excellent system." For the second straight game Casey and his team went up against a first-year head coach, having faced the Celtics Brad Stevens on Wednesday. "The coaching professions very cyclical," he recognizes, in the final year of his deal. "Its a tough profession and the new guys coming in brings a freshness to the table. [Budenholzer] brings a freshness even though hes been at it for a long time, being a first-time head coach is different. Talking to [Stevens] the other night, its a different game than the college game. So its a newness but its a players league. Were the keeper of the gate. We kind of organize, manage but its a players league." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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