OAKLAND -- Warriors forward Harrison Barnes acknowledged he's noticed what other rookies are doing, and some of the big numbers they're putting up. On Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, it was his turn: 19 points and 13 rebounds in Golden State's 92-88 win.
"Obviously, I'm competitive," Barnes said after his first career double-double. "But at the same time, it's about wins."
It was Barnes' rebounding that played the biggest part. His 13 boards were the most by a rookie this season and helped the Warriors dominate the glass (44-29).
After getting pounding on the boards by Denver, especially late, in Saturday's double-overtime loss, the Warriors (4-4) held the Hawks to five offensive rebounds and four second-chance points.
Of course, it helped that Atlanta (3-4) was missing its starting center, as Al Horford was out with an illness. The Hawks also were without point guard Devin Harris (stomach flu).
Coming into the game, Barnes had 17 rebounds total in his first seven games.
"I had a conversation with him and let him know what I was going to need from him," coach Mark Jackson said. "I told him I was going to play him some more minutes, but he had to earn them. I'm not going to just hand them to him. I thought he was very aggressive. Most importantly, 13 rebounds. He went and got the ball."
Barnes' scoring was key, too, as Golden State's starting backcourt had a rough night shooting. Guards Stephen Curry and Klay
The first time he touched the ball, Barnes drove baseline and scooped in a reverse layup. The next time, he took two dribbles and drilled a pull-up 18-footer. It was the kind of aggression Jackson was hoping for.
"He was attacking, and we called a lot of plays for him," Curry said after totaling seven assists and four of the Warriors' 23 turnovers. "He delivered big by getting to the basket."
Barnes led the run that gave Golden State control of the game. Ahead 55-53, he kicked off an 8-2 run with a dunk. He then capped it with a turnaround jumper, putting the Warriors ahead 63-55 with just under seven minuets left. By the end of the quarter, the Warriors had their biggest lead of the night, 71-60.
The Hawks rallied to pull within striking distance late. Atlanta guard Lou Williams' 3-pointer cut the Warriors' lead to 86-82 with just over a minute left.
Curry then dropped in a left-hand scoop over Hawks shot-blocking specialist Josh Smith to put the Warriors ahead 88-82 with 55.5 seconds left. But Williams responded by drilling a step-back 3-pointer over Curry.
Curry tried to provide the dagger with a step-back 3-pointer of his own, but it clanked off the back rim. Fittingly, Barnes tracked down the rebound. His ensuing free throws put the Warriors up 90-85.
Williams hit another 3-pointer to put a scare in the Oracle crowd. But Warriors guard Jarrett Jack knocked down two free throws to seal the victory.
The Warriors now depart for a three-game road trip to Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Dallas.
"This was a home game where they were missing two of their top seven players," Jackson said. "We expected to win. ... If we're talking about having a successful year, you have to win this game before going on the road, because we will be playing some good teams."
"Hopefully," Jackson said before the game, "that will speed up his process."
Bogut played in four of the first five games. But then he was shut down so he could spend time strengthening his ankle, which he said limited his mobility. Bogut was initially projected to be out seven to 10 days.
But the team since has announced that Bogut will not travel on the coming three-game trip, meaning he will miss at least 12 days and six games. A team source said Golden State is prepared to hold Bogut out through the remainder of 2012 if that's what it takes for him to be healthy.
"It was really cool," Nelson said of his induction. "Three days with a lot of your best friends that you haven't seen in a long time that you spent portions of your life with. Family, friends, owners, general managers and basketball people that, over 50 years, you've been touched by them, and by a lot of people, and a lot of them are there. It's pretty special."