Bobcats get spark from Walker, down WarriorsJan 15, 2012 - 5:37 AM Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Inserting Kemba Walker into the starting lineup may have been the spark the Bobcats were looking for.
Or maybe it was a visit from the struggling Warriors that did the trick, as the Bobcats downed Golden State, 112-100, to snap a six-game slide.
Walker, making his first start in his 13th game, scored 23 points -- five coming after the Warriors pulled within two possessions down the stretch.
Gerald Henderson netted a game-high 26 points, Byron Mullens added 20 and D.J. Augustin finished with 16 points and seven assists for the victors.
David Lee led the Warriors with 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Monta Ellis shot a woeful 6-for-26 from the field for 18 points as Golden State fell to 3-8 on the young season.
"This is the first time I've been embarrassed watching our performance. It can not and will not be tolerated," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "That being said, we will bounce back."
The Warriors trailed by 20 at the end of the second (66-46) and third quarters (93-73), but started the final frame on a 15-3 run to pull within eight.
Nate Robinson's three-pointer cut the deficit to 96-88 with 6:30 remaining, but Henderson hit a free throw then ended Charlotte's five-minute field goal drought by driving in for a layup to restore the double-digit lead.
The closest Golden State got from there was six after Brandon Rush made a three-pointer with 1:45 on the clock.
Walker, though, pulled up from behind the arc and drained a trey of his own, then made a layup the next time down to essentially seal the win.
The Bobcats missed their first three shots and trailed 10-3 three minutes in, then found their rhythm and hit 14 of their next 19 attempts from the field.
Walker and Mullens did most of the damage during the stretch, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively as Charlotte jumped out to a 38-25 lead after the opening frame.
The margin grew as wide as 21 in the second when two Walker free throws provided the hosts with a 61-40 advantage with 3:18 left in the half.
Robinson had 12 points, as did teammate Dorell Wright, who was questionable with a bruised knee...Charlotte made half of its 76 field goals attempts, while the Warriors shot 42 percent from the field...Before the game, the Warriors signed free agent center Earl Barron, who has averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 110 career NBA games.
- GOLDEN STATE: 100
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- GOLDEN STATE: 73
End of 3rd
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- GOLDEN STATE: 46
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- GOLDEN STATE: 25
End of 1st
Jan 14 7:34 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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