Final Score: Golden State 103, New Orleans 96
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - David Lee recorded 26 points, nine rebounds and
four assists as the Golden State Warriors held off a late push by the New
Orleans Hornets to take a 103-96 victory at Oracle Arena.
Klay Thompson added 19 points and Jarrett Jack contributed a double-double
with 16 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who have won two straight and
seven of their last eight overall.
Carl Landry also netted 16 points to go along with nine boards, and Stephen
Curry poured in 13 points in the win.
Ryan Anderson connected on four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points
for New Orleans, which dropped its eighth consecutive contest.
Greivis Vasquez went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points,
11 assists and five rebounds in the loss.
"We just haven't found that closing mentality, a couple guys who can knock
down a shot or even get to the free throw line," Hornets coach Monty Williams
New Orleans entered the fourth quarter trailing, 82-72, but after a Landry
basket gave the Warriors an 88-76 lead a little over two minutes into the
frame, the Hornets reeled off a 16-4 run to knot the game at 92-92 on an
Anthony Davis three-point play with 4:07 left to play.
But Jack put the Warriors back on top with a pair of free throws to spark a
6-0 push as the Hornets missed their next three shots.
Austin Rivers converted a driving layup to halt the quick run and bring New
Orleans back within 98-94 with 1:19 to go, but after Lee made the back end of
two free throws at the other end, Rivers could not connect on a 3-pointer and
the Warriors were able to close out the game at the foul line.
"We had a lot of confidence tonight, a lot more confidence than in the past,"
said Lee. "It's no fun when a team's catching up on you like that, but I think
we had confidence we could make plays down the stretch."
The lead exchanged hands eight times over the first seven-plus minutes of
action until Thompson followed a Vasquez 3-pointer with a triple of his own to
spark a 9-0 spurt by the Warriors, giving them a 24-16 edge with just under
three minutes left in the first quarter.
Anderson connected on a trey to halt the run and then drained a jumper
following a Jack basket to get New Orleans back within 26-21, but Golden State
scored the final five points of the first to carry a 31-21 advantage into the
The Warriors then opened the second with a 7-3 push to open up a 38-24 lead
before the Hornets responded with 15-7 run to get back within 45-39 with six
minutes left in the half.
But they would get no closer than that and trailed, 59-50, at the break.
The Warriors improved to 14-0 this season when leading after three quarters
... Golden State is 7-3 at home this season, while New Orleans fell to 2-9 on
the road ... The Hornets have not dropped eight straight games since Jan. 29-
Feb. 10 of last season ... Davis finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
12/19 02:45:57 ET
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