Friday, January 3, 2014
Iguodala's buzzer-beater keeps streak alive
By Kenton Wong, ESPN Stats & Info
AP Photo/John BazemoreThe saying goes that if “you live by the three, you die by the three”. The Golden State Warriors did a little bit of both Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. After Klay Thompson made the team’s first three attempts of the game from beyond the arc, the Warriors went ice cold – missing 18 straight. But in the last five minutes-and-change of the game, they hit three of six from deep including Andre Iguodala’s only three-pointer of the night at the buzzer.
Andre Iguodala hit his second buzzer-beater of the season as the Warriors win their eighth straight game.
Iguodala likes to beat buzzers
Iguodala has now played 23 games as a Warrior and has two buzzer-beaters – he also hit the game-winner as time expired on November 14 against the Thunder. Since entering the league in 2004-05, Iguodala has hit five buzzer-beaters. The only player to have more in that span is Joe Johnson with six.
Inside the comeback
The win gives the Warriors their first eight-game win streak since 2005. That streak looked to be in big trouble as the Warriors trailed by a game-high 15 points with just over six-and-a-half minutes left in the game. But they finished the game on a 25-9 run as Stephen Curry outscored the Hawks himself during that span with 11 points down the stretch.
Iguodala’s impact on the Warriors has been evident this season. When he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Warriors went just 5-7. With him they are now 17-6.
In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, when the Warriors starting five consists of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut, they are 17-3 this season. That is the second-best win percentage (0.85) of any starting five with a minimum of 10 games played together, behind the Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting five that used to be made up of Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka (17-2, .895).