Curry leads Warriors past Hornets, 93-72
Posted at: 03/18/2013 11:09 PM
By BRETT MARTEL
(AP) NEW ORLEANS - Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors won easily for the second straight night, 93-72 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
Curry, who scored 29 points in a 30-point victory at Houston on Sunday, made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, hitting one from as far as 29 feet.
David Lee added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 13 points for the Warriors (39-30), who continued to solidify their playoff credentials.
Ryan Anderson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets (22-46), who came in tied for the Western Conference’s worst record and have lost four straight. Anthony Davis added 16 points and Greivis Vasquez 14.
Curry twice hit 3s to give Golden State 10-point leads in the third quarter, and the Warriors led by as many as 13 when Andrew Bogut’s jump hook made it 59-46.
The Hornets used a 7-2 run highlighted by Davis’ alley-oop jam and Anderson’s 3 to pull back to 62-55, but the Warriors pushed their lead back up to 13 when Curry drained an effortless-looking 29-footer in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans looked to make one last push when Vasquez’s 3 cut it to 80-72 with 5:50 left, then Lee and Bogut each scored four points and Curry added his final 3 from the right corner during a 13-0 run to close out the game.
Playing its second road game in two nights, Golden State was a bit shaky early, missing eight straight to end the first period, as well as its first shot of the second. The Hornets took advantage, going ahead 24-19 when Anderson scored eight straight points on a step-back jumper, four free throws and a reverse layup.
New Orleans led 34-30 on Vasquez’s floater with 5:48 left in the half, but the Hornets then stumbled offensively while Golden State began to look more like its usual high-scoring self. Jarrett Jack’s hesitation move in the lane lured Vasquez into a foul on a made floater, igniting a 15-2 run to close the quarter. Curry made two jumpers during the spurt, Thompson added a 3 and Lee scored twice inside, the second basket putting the Warriors ahead 45-36 at halftime.
Notes: The Warriors outshot the Hornets 50 percent to 33 percent, and improved to 13-2 when holding an opponent below 40 percent shooting. ... The Warriors wrap up their three-game road-trip Wednesday night at San Antonio. ... On the same day the Hornets signed him to a second, 10-day contract, guard Terrell Harris played a season-high 28 minutes, finishing with a season highs in points (4) and rebounds (5), along with two blocked shots, an assist and a steal. His previous season-high for minutes was 12 when he was with Miami earlier this season. ... The Hornets play the second game of their current six-game home stand Wednesday night against Boston.
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