ATLANTA -- Night after night, Andre Iguodala proves why he's the perfect piece to the Warriors puzzle.
The veteran swingman rescued Golden State on Friday night when he knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-100 and stun their crowd of 15,210 at Philips Arena.
Iguodala's shot delivered the Warriors' eighth-straight win -- their longest streak since March 25-April 8, 2005 -- and completed a rally from 15 points down, the fourth time this season and second time on this trip Golden State has overcome a deficit that large.
"I give my guys a lot of credit," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "They showed tremendous resilience. Competitive spirit. Didn't quit. Chipped away. Gave ourselves a chance to win the ballgame on the road against a very good basketball team. Just a huge win for us."
There were plenty of built-in excuses for the Warriors (22-13) entering this game. It's the midway point of a season-long seven-game trip and the first back-to-back on this East Coast swing after an emotional win at Miami on Thursday night.
"The great teams don't make excuses, and we're trying to become great," Jackson said. "We could've very well said, 'OK, we're 3-0 on this trip, lose to the Hawks after a big win last night.' But this team, they have no quit. They have high character. They battle. They enjoy one another. When you do the right things, good things happen."
The Warriors actually had to rally twice. Atlanta led 91-76 with 6:48 to play, and Golden State had missed 18 straight 3-pointers on what had the look of just being an off night.
But at long last, the Warriors came alive. They began getting defensive stops and rattled off eight straight points. The Hawks hit a couple free throws and then Stephen Curry finally broke the 3-point drought with his first of the game. That made it a six-point deficit with 5:05 left.
Harrison Barnes hit a 3 with 2:42 to play to make it a one-point game, and moments later, Iguodala recorded a steal that led to a Curry layup for a 96-95 lead with 2:12 left.
But Atlanta answered with five straight to regain the lead. Curry hit a shot to cut the deficit to 100-98, and the Warriors got a defensive stop with 3.2 seconds to play.
Golden State called timeout and set up the play. Iguodala had options, including Barnes streaking toward the rim, but he inbounded to Curry. He was draped and tossed back to Iguodala, who calmly knocked down the 3 to win it.
The play was reminiscent of the loss at home to San Antonio on Dec. 19 in which Curry was double-teamed after receiving the inbounds pass. He didn't have enough time to get off a pass in that instance, but the additional time here came in handy.
"We were really patient on that possession," Curry said. "We had time to let it develop, and it doesn't matter which side of the floor Dre's on; as long as he gets a good look, he'll make it."
This was Iguodala's fifth career game-winning shot and second during his first season with the Warriors.
"Every part of that play worked because everybody ran like they were going to get the ball, and the defense had to stay honest and pick their poison," Iguodala said.
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Warriors' lONGEST WINNING STREAKS
11: Dec. 29, 1971, to Jan. 22, 1972
10: Dec. 28, 1959, to Jan. 13, 1960
10: Dec. 6, 1975, to Dec. 23, 1975
9: April 11, 1991, to Nov. 6, 1991*
8: Accomplished six times