The Charlotte Hornets fell to the Golden State Warriors, 101-87. Kemba Walker lead the Hornets with 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Durant kicked off his first triple-double of the season with 16 points in the first quarter.
While Charlotte trailed by just eight after the first quarter, the Warriors quickly grew a lead in the second, going up by 26 at one point. Charlotte managed to cut the lead to 11 in the 3rd quarter, but couldn’t overcome the Warriors.
To make matters worse, the team lost both Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky to injuries. Zeller suffered a left knee strain and didn’t return, while Kaminsky suffered a right ankle sprain. Assuming both miss time, the Hornets will be stretched thin in the front court moving forward.
Aside from Walker’s 24 points, only Nicolas Batum (15) and Dwight Howard (14) scored in double figures. Meanwhile, Klay Thompson scored 22 for the Warriors.
Even without Stephen Curry, tonight was always going to be tough for the Hornets. They had to be strong defensively, and while they held the Warriors under their season average of points per game, they struggled to find offense themselves.
With two games coming up this weekend, hopefully they are healthy enough to wrap up the four game homestand with wins.