The Warriors battled the Charlotte Hornets all game at Chase Center, and eventually pulled away with a 130-121 revenge win, marking their first three-game win streak of the season.
NBA Rookie of the Year candidate LaMelo Ball was right in the middle of the action for the Hornets, and the 19-year-old didn't bat an eye when driving to the basket late in the game against Draymond Green. Ball accidentally struck Green, who was slow to get up on the court after the final buzzer.
Contact happens in basketball, obviously, and there was no ill intent from Ball, but the rookie made sure to apologize to Green after the game and the two shared some encouraging words.
Green was Golden State's catalyst on the court Friday. He posted a triple-double in the Warriors' win with 11 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 19 assists and was among seven Warriors to score in double digits.
Steph Curry led all scorers with 29 points, followed by Kelly Oubre Jr. with 27 and Andrew Wiggins with 17.
Malik Monk led the Hornets with 25 points and Terry Rozier added 24. Ball wasn't far behind, finishing a solid overall performance with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
It's still early to make a definitive decision, but Ball remains the front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year honors ahead of the Warriors' James Wiseman, who scored 16 points in the win, and the Kings' Tyrese Haliburton.
At least going forward, Ball will know he has earned Green's respect, as the young guard tries to lock up the accolade in the second half of the season.