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Golden State withstood several shots from Atlanta before hanging on.
The Hawks started the third quarter on a 7-1 run to trim the Warriors' lead to two. Ivan Johnson then inadvertently elbowed Warriors second-round pick Draymond Green in the face while going for a rebound late in the quarter.
Green stayed down for a couple of minutes until walking gingerly to the locker room, with Johnson patting him on the chest on the way off the court. The team said X-rays on the right side of Green's jaw came back negative. He later returned.
In the meantime, another rookie helped the Warriors create some separation.
Barnes ignited an 18-7 spurt the lasted through the opening minute of the fourth quarter to put Golden State ahead 73-60. He threw down a putback dunk that brought roaring fans to their feet, including Warriors owner Joe Lacob sitting in his usual courtside spot, and mixed in a turnaround jumper and a driving layup.
Atlanta closed within two on Williams' 3-pointer in the final minute but never got closer.
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 again and is enjoying retirement at his home in Maui, Hawaii. ... The Hawks have added more hand sanitizer in the locker room and separated infected players from others because of the stomach illness that has swept through part of the team. ... 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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