The Warriors put an end to their losing streak. That is the most important statement of tonight for the Dubs.
Coming into this game, it looked as if the depth of the Hornets was just enough to take down the Warriors, especially with the surprising sidelining of David Lee (ankle). The Warriors won the game 116-112.
In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors attacked the Hornets. Klay Thompson got off to an 8/8 start, silencing the critics and his opponents. He was really feeling it. The return of Stephen Curry was also of value, as he had 6 assists at half time. At the end of the first, the Warriors came in and lead 33-27: it was on pace to a very high scoring game.
In the second quarter, the Warriors attacked the Hornets again, and were able to push their lead up to 16 at times. Unfortunately, Anthony Davis proved why he was the number 1 draft pick, and scored in binges. He had 14 at halftime for the Hornets. For the Warriors, Jarrett Jack, with a frenzy of jump shots and assists was leading the Warriors. Carly Landry, also a former Hornet was doing some major damage. The halftime lead was 67-57 Warriors.
The third quarter was another woe for the Warriors. All offense went dead, shooting 5/16 from the field, translating to just 18 points. The Hornets, on the other hand, continued to roll, shooting 63%. They outscored the Warriors 32-18. They were closing the quarters like veterans. Despite all of this, the Warriors were still hanging around: down by 4, 89-85 with a full 12 minutes to play.
In the fourth quarter, it was more of the same. The Hornets continued their hot shooting for about 6 minutes. Suddenly, however, it all went flat. The defense of the Warriors’ backcourt on Greivis Vasquez and Eric Gordon forced them into many misses. The Warriors were able to grab the lead and keep it. Jarrett Jack’s 7 foot floater with 31 seconds left put the Warriors up 2. He closed the game shooting 4/5 on his free throws. That was it.
Some honorable mentions tonight: Jarrett Jack: 20 Points, 12 Assists, Klay Thompson: 29 points, Festus Ezeli: 13 points, Richard Jefferson: 11 points, a Weak Stephen Curry: 20 points, 4 steals, 7 assists.
The Warriors’ next game is at 1 pm PST vs the Clippers. It’s yet another tough one.