They certainly earned his respect.
Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points and matched his career high with
14 rebounds to help the Warriors move back over .500 with a 98-85
win over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
"They're a team that's overlooked in the West because how good
the West is," Stotts said.
Golden State, which won consecutive road games for the first
time, is trying to keep pace in the Pacific Division, which
features two of the NBA's three .700 teams -- Sacramento and the Los
"It's very important, especially if we want to consider
ourselves a playoff contending team," said Jason Richardson, who
had 22 points. "We've got to stay close to .500 and as the season
goes along we've got to go over it."
The Warriors tied a season high by hitting 10 3-pointers,
including six by Dunleavy, while the Hawks went 0-for-5 from behind
After leading by only four points at halftime, the Warriors put
the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 31-17.
Dunleavy scored 11 points and had four assists in the period.
The Hawks have now lost 11 of their last 13.
Stotts benched starters Jason Terry and Theo Ratliff at the
start of both halves after they were late for a pregame
walkthrough. Stotts said they also were late for a walkthrough
Tuesday, but Terry insisted this was his first offense.
Terry, second on the team with 18.2 points per game, was
scoreless in 16 minutes, attempting only one shot.
While Ratliff scored 15 points and led Atlanta with 11 rebounds
in 29 minutes, Terry appeared sluggish and was benched most of the
"I was happy with the way Theo responded," Stotts said. "I
thought he was a pro and gave it all he had coming off the bench. I
thought he was terrific."
Added Stotts: "I was disappointed with the way Jason approached
it. I thought he could have played harder and approached it the
same way Theo did."
Terry didn't appreciate being limited to two minutes in the
"I served my time," Terry said. "[Stotts] didn't let me start
tonight. That's cool. As for the other time in the game, you've got
to let your players play. ... I've got to be out there."
Dunleavy said more playing time for Terry would not have changed
"I don't think Terry did much anyway," Dunleavy said. "It
didn't seem like he was being very aggressive, so I don't know if
it would have mattered."
Shareef Abdur-Rahim led Atlanta with 16 points on 6-for-16
Golden State forward Troy Murphy, activated Tuesday, made
his season debut in the first quarter. Murphy had been out with a
plantar fascia tear in his right foot. ... Hawks rookie Boris Diaw
missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. ...
Abdur-Rahim, held to eight points in the Hawks' 99-72 loss at
Golden State on Nov. 5, scored eight of Atlanta's first 16 points