ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks capped their first winning month in almost three years with their highest point total of the season, beating the Golden State Warriors 115-94 on Wednesday night.
Joe Johnson, hoping to be picked as a reserve for the All-Star game, scored 33 points. The Hawks are 9-5 when Johnson scores 30 or more.
The Hawks won for the fourth time in five games to post their first winning month in coach Mike Woodson's three years. The 8-7 January record is Atlanta's first winning month since a 4-3 mark in April 2004. The Hawks had not won as many as eight games in a month since a 9-7 record in March 2002.
The Hawks rank 29th of 30 NBA teams with their average of only 91.5 points per game. The Warriors are third with 105.9, an average the Hawks had not reached in 17 straight games before Wednesday night.
The young Hawks, who scored a season-best 70 points in the first half, seemed to enjoy the rare freedom to run, though Johnson fell short of his career high set the last time the Warriors visited Atlanta. Johnson scored 42 points against the Warriors on March 7, 2006.
Atlanta's previous scoring high came in a 113-112 overtime loss to Seattle on Nov. 11.
Josh Childress added 23 points and Marvin Williams had 17 for Atlanta.
Former Hawks forward Al Harrington led the Warriors with 21 points. Baron Davis and another former Atlanta starter, Stephen Jackson, each had 17 points.
The Hawks' 70 first-half points were their most in a half since scoring 71 in the first half against the New York Knicks on Dec. 18, 2005. The team's previous high total this season was 60 first-half points at Portland on Dec. 3.
Early in the game, it appeared the Hawks would have difficulty containing the Warriors' up-tempo pace. The running game helped Golden State score 16 of its first 20 points in the paint. The Warriors outscored the Hawks 22-10 in the paint in the opening quarter.
Golden State shot 59 percent from the field in the first quarter and still trailed 30-29, thanks to Johnson's last-second 3-pointer. The Hawks then outscored the Warriors 40-27 in the second quarter for a 70-56 halftime lead.
Notes: Warriors guard Monta Ellis played a reserve role after suffering a sprained right ankle Tuesday night. ... Hawks F Jeremy Richardson, signed to a 10-day contract Saturday, made his debut with five points. ... The Hawks listed G Salim Stoudamire as inactive. ... Hawks PG Speedy Claxton, who has missed 11 games with a sore left knee, hopes to play Friday against Toronto, according to Woodson.