Dennis Schroder benched, Warriors find groove without Durant

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Atlanta turned in a spirited effort Monday night against the Golden State Warriors but like so many times this season, they were unable to sustain that for a full 48 minutes and the result was a 119-111 loss. One came at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and their National Basketball Association record 25 made three-pointers, the other came in gut-wrenching fashion to the Indiana Pacers.

It was a hard fought win against a subpar opponent.

In game seven of that series, Curry drains a long three in the final minutes early in the shot clock to send the Warriors back to the Finals.

But the Knicks didn't seem to care what anyone thought about their decision not to play music. Are they really so dependent on music to create energy? If the Warriors are the No. 2 seed: They would face the No. 7 seed in the first round. The freeze refused to thaw, though, as Curry missed his four treys attempted during that stretch.

In the third quarter, the noise returned and so did the Warriors. You read that correctly.

Ulis scored a career-best 20 points.

The Atlanta Hawks couldn't overcome the benching of their point guard. The Warriors ducked under screens, allowing Schroder the freedom to fire away from behind the arc.

The infamous tombstone cookies that they made for the Halloween party, a feature of James' Halloween party noted by ESPN's Dave McMenamin, come to mind as well.

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The first half was all offense, even as things cooled off in the second quarter.

Now, let's point out that Green is correct about the first half. The Knicks, meanwhile, shot 43.9 percent. The Golden State Warriors also used a lineup that is trending right now.

The man that dominated the first half, Dennis Schroder, would not play much at all during the second half.

Thompson led the Warriors fightback in the third period with nine points before Golden State went on to close out the win. It was odd. I kind of liked it better in the second half. You have a guy in Howard who has a checkered past and often wears his feelings on his sleeve so you can understand Budenholzer and the Hawks protecting him throughout the season.

That's certainly not ideal. They took advantage of his absence by twisting the knife. That'll do. The Knicks' starting center put up a very Ewing-esque 24 points and 15 rebounds.

In their dogged pursuit of megastar Kevin Durant, the Warriors weren't particularly concerned with depth.

Veteran forward Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 24 points on 6 of 8 shooting, including 4 3-pointers. Paired with Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard on the inside, the Hawks were more than the Warriors could handle. But rewind to last season for a minute. The 33-year-old still has flashes of brilliance when given the opportunity.

Atlanta continued to struggle with 3-point defense. Golden State trailed just 66-61 at the half.

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