The start was remarkable and the rest of the game wasn’t bad either for the Warriors on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry led a beginning to end onslaught of the Hornets, a game that ended up 126-111.
Curry finished with 39 points in just 30 minutes, including 11-for-15 from beyond the arc. Naturally, he didn’t play in the fourth quarter, meaning he wasn’t given a chance to equal or surpass his NBA-record 13 3-pointers in a game.
The 3-ball was a big-time theme for the Warriors against Charlotte as they went 21-for-48 from beyond the arc. Klay Thompson, who finished with 29 points, went 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
I’ll post link to “Warriors WrapUp,” the postgame show on 95.7-FM The Game when it becomes available.
The Warriors have had a lot of great starts this year, but the one against the Hornets might have been the best so far. Seven of the Warriors’ first eight buckets were 3-pointers and nine of their first 10 scores were either 3-pointers or 3-point plays (bucket and foul). They led 33-11 less than eight minutes into things and had a 41-21 lead after a period.
Curry had 18 points in the first quarter — on six 3-pointers. The Warriors were 9-for-16 from beyond the arc through 12 minutes, while Charlotte was just 1-for-9 from out there. The nine 3-pointers in a quarter for the Warriors equaled a franchise record.
There wasn’t much of a slow-down in the second quarter — as the Warriors rolled to a 77-56 halftime lead. The numbers through 24 minutes were ridiculous: Curry and Thompson had 26 points each and they combined to shoot 13-for-19 from 3-point range. As a team, the Warriors had 21 assists and just three assists in the half.
The Warriors played without Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff), Shaun Livingston (mid-back strain) and David West (non-displaced fracture, thumb) — one starter and two other rotation players.