Critical free throws lead to Warriors win against Atlanta Hawks

Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesRising star: Harrison Barnes turned in the best night of his young career in Wednesday’s victory

Rookie Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, making a pair of critical free throws in the final minute to help the Warriors hold off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 92-88 on Wednesday night.

David Lee added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Stephen Curry scored 12 to put the Warriors ahead by 13 points early in the fourth quarter. The Hawks hacked that lead to two but Barnes and Jarrett Jack each made a pair of free throws to seal Golden State’s victory.

Lou Williams scored 18 points, including three straight 3-pointers that whittled the Warriors’ lead to a basket with 11.2 seconds remaining. Josh Smith added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which had Al Horford and Devin Harris out because of a stomach illness.

The way the Warriors’ defense finished was enough to make coach Mark Jackson sick.

Williams made the second of his three consecutive 3s to bring Atlanta within 88-85 with 21.8 seconds left.

Barnes, who was drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina, was fouled and made both free throws. He had not had more than 14 points or five rebounds in his first seven games.

Williams made another 3-pointer to slice Golden State’s lead to 90-88. Jack, who finished with nine points and four rebounds, was fouled and swished both free throws to secure the victory.

NOTES: The Warriors honored former coach Don Nelson at halftime for his Hall of Fame induction in September. The 72-year-old Nelson, who has an NBA-record 1,335 wins, said he has no plans to get involved in basketball. … Warriors C Andrew Bogut will rehab his surgically repaired left ankle in the Los Angeles area during the team’s three-game road trip starting Friday in Minnesota.

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