The Hornets started well. They got out to an early 9-5 lead, with seven of those points coming from the increasingly potent Miles Bridges/Dwayne Bacon duo. Believe it or not, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were up to the challenge. They scored the Warriors first 16 points. The Hornets struggled to contain the Warriors both behind the arc and in the paint, resulting in 35 first quarter points for the home team. The Hornets were boosted by the play of Willy Hernangomez, who scored 12 of the Hornets 27 first quarter points.
The woeful defense continued in the second quarter, even after the Warriors lost their starting center. DeMarcus Cousins was assessed a flagrant two foul for elbowing Hernangomez in the face while jostling for rebounding position, which resulted in an automatic ejection. The Warriors scored 36 points in the second quarter. At the half, they were shooting 64% from the field and 53% from three compared to just 40% and 27% from the Hornets. At the half, the Hornets trailed 71-49. The lone bright spot was Hernangomez, who finished the half with 18 points and ten of those coming from the free throw line.
Things immediately got worse in the second half. The Warriors started the second half on a 13-2 run to go up 33, and they wouldn’t look back from there. Their lead grew as large as 45 in the third quarter, and grew to 47 by the end of the game. Normally I’d give more details on what happened, but I don’t think anyone wants to read that.
In short, the Hornets played terrible basketball on both sides of the ball. They let the Warriors shoot 60% from the field and 64% from three while shooting just 35% from the field and 25% from three.
Willy Hernangomez, Jeremy Lamb, and Frank Kaminsky were the only Hornets in double figures with 22, 11, and 10 points respectively.
The Hornets have a quick turnaround and play the Utah Jazz on Monday night.