Thompson leads Warriors over HornetsMar 22, 2012 - 3:22 AM New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Klay Thompson erupted for a career-high 27 points to help Golden State get past New Orleans, 101-92, on Wednesday.
David Lee netted 25 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and Brandon Rush scored 16 points of the bench for the Warriors, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Nate Robinson handed out 10 assists to go with eight points in the win.
"The true test of a team is when you face adversity and when you're under- manned and going through tough times. Do you begin to point the finger or do you grow? Clearly, this is a team that is growing," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
Jarrett Jack's 17-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double -- the first of his career -- was not enough for the Hornets, who have lost four of five. Chris Kaman and Xavier Henry donated 13 points in defeat.
"It is what it is. It did not contribute to a win, but it's cool," Jack said of his triple-double. "Don't get me wrong, obviously, it is an accomplishment."
Neither team sustained a lead larger than five points in the first quarter, as there were four ties and two lead changes, and New Orleans was clinging to a 26-24 advantage after one. Trevor Ariza's dunk with 7.8 seconds to play made it 45-44 in favor of the Hornets at halftime.
The second was even closer. It included a stretch of over four minutes where neither team led by more than a single point, during which the lead changed hands seven times.
The Hornets took their largest lead of the contest in the third following a 7-0 run that put them in front 58-51, but the Warriors immediately answered with eight points in a row and eventually built some separation with a 75-66 advantage.
New Orleans wound down the third quarter with six unanswered points, though, and Golden State's edge was just three, at 75-72, entering the final stanza.
But Rush and Richard Jefferson opened the fourth with three-pointers and Golden State never looked back, leading by as many as 13.
New Orleans held a 47-33 rebounding advantage, but Golden State outscored the hosts 60-24 in the paint and made 11 more three-pointers...New Orleans committed 16 turnovers to Golden State's nine...Jason Smith finished with 12 points for the Hornets...There were eight ties and 17 lead changes.
- GOLDEN STATE: 101
NEW ORLEANS: 92
Mar 21 10:09 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 75
NEW ORLEANS: 72
End of 3rd
Mar 21 9:40 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 44
NEW ORLEANS: 45
Mar 21 8:58 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 24
NEW ORLEANS: 26
End of 1st
Mar 21 8:31 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 0
NEW ORLEANS: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 21 8:11 PM
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