Instant Analysis: Durant's triple-double powers Warriors past Hornets
DURANT STINGS HORNETS
With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green sidelined, Kevin Durant delivered the goods Wednesday night to give the Warriors their fifth consecutive victory.
Durant posted his second triple-double as a Warrior, with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 101-87 win over the Hornets at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Klay Thompson tossed in 22 points and Nick Young added 10 off the bench as the Warriors held Charlotte to 35.1-percent shooting to improve their record to 20-6 with the wire-to-wire victory.
The Warriors are one win away from the first undefeated six-game road trip in franchise history.
With Curry and Green sideline, and Zaza Pachulia leaving early, Durant took on the challenge of leading the way. He was nothing short of magnificent.
Durant’s line: a season-high 35 points (13-of-28 from the field, including 3-of-10 from beyond the arc, 6-of-6 from the line), 11 rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-7.
The Warriors took control early, leading for most of the first quarter and breaking away in the second.
When Charlotte pulled with eight, 28-20, on a layup by guard Michael Carter-Williams with 10:44 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with a 12-0 run, going up 40-20 on a dunk by Andre Iguodala with 7:24 left in the half.
The Hornets got no closer than seven (87-80, 5:46 remaining) in the second half.
Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) was upgraded to available prior to tipoff, but aggravated the injury and exited with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter. F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) and G Pat McCaw (nose contusion) were listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Hornets: No injuries were listed.
The Warriors return to action Friday night in Detroit, where they face the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 4:05.