Basketball: Warriors prevail in battle of two best teams with win over Hawks

OAKLAND (AFP) - The Golden State Warriors won the battle of the NBA's two best teams on Wednesday, routing the high-flying Atlanta Hawks 114-95.

With a season-high 25 points from Harrison Barnes and 21 from Andre Iguodala, the Warriors shook off the injury absence of Klay Thompson and a so-so shooting night for Stephen Curry.

With their 10th straight home win, the Western Conference-leading Warriors maintained the best record in the NBA at 54-13, narrowly ahead of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta who fell to 53-15.

Despite connecting on just four of 11 shots from the floor, Curry still finished with 16 points and handed out 12 assists for Golden State.

In addition to his season-high 21 points, Iguodala handed out six assists.

Draymond Green added 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Golden State's Australian big man Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 rebounds.

"I think the defensive end is what got it done for us," Green said.

"We were able to lock those guys down for the most part of the game.

"Once we got good on the defensive end, we were able to get out and run and we started knocking shots down and got it going."

Atlanta, missing injured All-Star guard Kyle Korver, saw a three-game winning streak snapped, and missed a chance to clinch their first Southeast division title since the 1993-94 season.