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POSTED: March 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) goes to the basket as Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes, left, defends during the first half on Tuesday at Philips Arena.

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ATLANTA — Baron Davis scored 35 points and Stephen Jackson had 29 to lead the Golden State Warriors to their fourth straight victory, 135-118, over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

The Warriors, who lead the NBA in scoring, set their season high for points. Golden State improved to 16-12 on the road, its most victories away from Oakland since 1993-94.

Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Mickael Pietrus finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won 17 of 23 to hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Joe Johnson had 38 points for the Hawks, losers of two straight and 10 of 13.

Golden State never trailed after Davis’ fast-break layup with 10:17 left in the third. A fast-break dunk by Kelenna Azubuike with 8:13 remaining in the game made it 115-95 and gave the Warriors their biggest lead.

Jackson’s 3-pointer with 7:45 remaining in the third capped a 15-0 run for Golden State, which outscored the Hawks 22-13 in second-chance points.

Marvin Williams and Josh Smith each had 20 points for Atlanta.

The Warriors’ previous high in scoring came in a 130-121 overtime victory over San Antonio on Jan. 7.
Johnson had 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting in the first half, but was just 2-for-6 from the field over the next two quarters. The Hawks dropped to 3-6 since trading for point guard Mike Bibby.

 

 



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