The Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, center, is defended by Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry left, Kelly Oubre Jr (in front of Biyombo), and Adrew Wiggins (behind Biyombo) on Fri Feb 26, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors met the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center in San Francisco on Friday night. The Hornets beat the Warriors last Saturday night 102-100 in Charlotte. Draymond Green helped the Hornets when the referees hit him with a double technical.
The Hornets took advantage of Green’s mistake to steal a win. Green apologized to the team for his error. He played his best game of the year Friday night. He was determined to get the Warriors their first three-game winning streak of the season, and he led the team to a win 130-121.
Green had his first triple-double of the year and the 25th of his career. He knocked down 11 points, snared 12 rebounds, and had a career-high 19 assists. The Warriors are 24-1 when Green has a triple-double.
The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney, and James Wiseman last Saturday in Charlotte. There was no question that the Warriors were a different team. The Warriors played well on both ends of the court. The offense was clicking as they 38 assists on 48 made field goals. They shot 60.8% from the floor. The Warriors’ only negative was the 23 turnovers that led to 30 Charlotte points.
The Warriors won the first quarter 36-28. Kelly Oubre, Jr. put 15 points on the board. The Warriors had 13 assists on the first 14 buckets. Things did not go well to start the second quarter. The Warriors’ second unit was ice cold.
They put just three points on the board in the first seven minutes of the quarter. With five minutes left, Steph Curry and Draymond Green re-entered the game. Charlotte had gone on a 15-3 run to lead 43-39.
The Warriors stormed back with a 15-2 run to lead 54-45. Oubre and Curry kept scoring, and the Warriors finished the first half ahead 66-51. The Warriors scored 27 points in the last five minutes of the second quarter.
The Warriors continued to play well in the third quarter. They outscored the Hornets 37-33 to finish the quarter leading 103-84. The Warriors had a balanced attack as all five starters and two players off the bench were in double figures.
19 point leads with 12 minutes left in the game are difficult to overcome. The Hornets were hoping their three-point shooters would come through for them and that they could climb back into the game.
The second unit played well in the fourth quarter. Wiggins, Oubre, and Eric Paschall made buckets to keep the Warriors ahead 119-101. Charlotte did not quit. They started raining down threes and cut the deficit to ten 119-109. The Warriors didn’t help themselves as they continued to turn the ball over and give the Hornets life. The Warriors were able to hold on, and they won 130-121.
Game Notes and stats: With the win, the Warriors are 19-15 for the season. Charlotte is 15-17.
Curry tied the Warrior team record by making his first three-pointer. It was his 95th consecutive game with a three to tie his teammate Klay Thompson for the record.
Curry finished the night with 26 points, four rebounds, and nine assists. He was two for seven from downtown. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Warriors with 27 points. He had six boards, three assists, and connected on three threes. Andrew Wiggins had 17, James Wiseman 16 points in 16 minutes of action, Kevon Looney and Damion Lee ten each.
It was the Warriors’ 14th game with 30 or more assists. They shot 60.8% from the floor. They made 11 threes. On defense, they stole the ball ten times and blocked three Hornet shots. The defense forced 20 Hornet turnovers.
The Hornets’ leading scorer was Malik Monk. Monk, coming off the bench, scored 25. He knocked down five three. Terry Rozier, who scored 36 last Saturday against the Warriors, had 24 on Friday night. He made three threes.
Rookie point guard LaMelo Ball had 22 points, seven boards, and six assists. He, too, made three threes. Gordon Hayward had 12, Miles Bridges ten, P.J Washington had a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds. As a team, the Hornets knocked down 17 threes.
The Warriors meet the Lakers in Los Angeles Sunday night at the Staples Center. The game starts at 5 pm. The team continues on the road to face the Portland Trail Blazers on March 3rd and the Phoenix Suns on March 4th.