Warriors fall flat in fourth, lose to Hornets
DUBS DROP SECOND IN FOUR GAMES
OAKLAND -- So much for the Warriors maintaining their momentum after the fabulous second that carried them to victory two nights ago.
The Charlotte Hornets, who had lost 13 of their last 17 games, came into Oracle Arena Friday night and rode grit and gifts to a 111-100 pasting of the Warriors.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lead the Warriors, while Klay Thompson had 24, Shaun Livingston 12 and David West 10.
The Warriors (28-8) committed 18 turnovers, off which Charlotte scored 32 points. The Hornets had more points in the paint (46-38), second-chance points (18-10) and rebounds 47-43.
The Warriors played, in short, as if waiting to be rejoined by Stephen Curry. That should happen Saturday night.
Two Warriors, Thompson and West, acquitted themselves fairly well. Thompson did more to keep the Warriors in the game.
Thompson’s line: 24 points (10-of-20 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from deep, 1-of-2 from the line), three rebounds and two assists. He played 36 minutes and finished minus-6.
The Hornets led throughout the second half and created separation midway through the fourth quarter.
After a Pat McCaw layup put the Warriors within three, 84-81, with 9:07 left, the Hornets reeled off an 11 run to go 95-81 with 6:34 remaining.
The Warriors never got closer than 10 (100-90) over the final six minutes.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) and G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) were listed as out.
Hornets: F/C Cody Zeller (L knee surgery) was listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court Saturday when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled at 7:35.