NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Golden State
(Sunday, December 12th)
Final Score: Golden State 99, Charlotte 87
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 99-87 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at The Arena.
Jason Richardson tallied a game-high 24 points and grabbed eight boards, helping the Warriors end a two-game slide and win for the third time in five games.
Emeka Okafor became the first rookie since Tim Duncan during the 1997-98 season to register 10 straight double-doubles, as the Bobcats finished a four- game road trip winless. Okafor had 21 points and 13 boards for Charlotte, which is 0-10 on the road this season.
Leading 88-86 late in the contest, the Warriors ended the game by scoring 11 of the final 12 points. Speedy Claxton started the scoring by extending the lead to 90-86 and Robinson scored the final five points to help Golden State capture the season series against the Bobcats.
"We just wanted to pick it up a little more," said Robinson after a slow first half. "You can't take this team lightly.
"They've had their struggles just like we've had. We didn't want to fall prey to them."
Claxton finished with 18 points, six assists and seven steals.
The Bobcats led 28-23 after one quarter and 52-46 at halftime. Then, leading 58-48 early in the third, Golden State began to chip away. A Troy Murphy jumper with just over four minutes gone in the quarter drew the Warriors within 58-55.
Then, trailing 63-59, a 10-1 run gave Golden State the lead. Murphy had five points during the burst and a Claxton basket with 4:05 left capped the run, giving the Warriors a 69-64 advantage.
Golden State would go into the fourth ahead 73-68.
Murphy finished with 17 points.
Jason Kapono had 17 points for the Bobcats, who are the only winless team on the road this season in the NBA.
Charlotte's Keith Bogans left the game due to injury in the fourth quarter...Gerald Wallace of the Bobcats returned to action for the first time since suffering a concussion on December 2...Mike Dunleavy had nine points and season-high 12 rebounds...Shaquille O'Neal's 15 straight double-doubles during his rookie season of 1992-93 is next for Okafor to catch.
12/12 23:40:11 ET