Charlotte got off to a strong start and quickly jumped out to a 14-7 lead, thanks in large part to an excellent Gordon Hayward (3/3 shooting). On the contrary, only Stephen Curry (8 points) responded to the Hornets who were more aggressive, involved and disciplined than the Warriors. PJ Washington was absolutely everywhere, his 12 points allowed Charlotte to lead at the end of this first action (34-23).
The Warriors responded with Jordan Poole (12 points in 13 minutes) allowing his team to get back to 3 points. But here, the Hornets get the ingredients back for the first quarter. The Hayward / Washington / Oubre Jr trio, author of 40 points, gives a headache to the Golden State defense that can only see the damage. Charlotte returned to the locker room with a 12-point advantage (62-50).
After the break, we’re entitled to the Warriors’ famous 3rd quarter assassin. The Hornets continue to be overwhelmed in every opposing attack. In the wake of “Splash Brothers”, everyone bit the apple. Golden State outscored Charlotte 33-18 and took the lead (83-80).
The last quarter is balanced, and we even get some “Hack-a-Plumlee” from the Warriors.
It was a sign of impotence… The two teams burst into a time of money where Dennis Smith Jr. saw. who usurped the extension (107-107). In the extra period, Jalen McDaniels put the Hornets on the right track, assisted by Smith Jr and PJ Washington. Still in reaction, the Warriors lost to the Hornets by a tremendous PJ Washington (31 points).
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Solid Hornets. Deprived of Lamelo Ball and Terry Rozier, Charlotte showed its collective strength. The Hayward / Washington / Oubre Jr trio combined for 72 points against the Warriors. Dennis Smith Jr and Jalen McDaniels were there at the time of the money; then the extension.
– The Curry / Poole duo is too sad. They scored 55 of Golden State’s 113 points between them. That’s about half of the team total. Steve Kerr has been complaining about his “second unit” for a week now, and it’s true that apart from Poole, there is no regular contributor, and the defensive level is very weak.
– 3-point address of the Warriors. Stephen Curry’s teammates were in Lakers mode tonight: 29.5% from 3-pointers.
✅ PJ Washington. He walked on water in this game. Aggressive and dedicated from start to finish, he contributed a lot to his team’s success: 31 points on 13/23 shooting.
✅ Gordon Hayward. He set the tone from the start with his 3/3 shooting, his game was pretty clean: 23 points on 8/16 shooting.
✅ Kelly Oubre Jr. Here’s one who won’t want to miss his reunion with Golden State, and the least we can say is his response: 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He always brings this madness that sets the room on fire and weakens the opponent.
Clay Thompson. Another bad game for him with a lack of skill throughout the match: 5/14 shooting including 1/7 from 3 points. The All-Star guard has yet to find his groove.
Hornets: Sacramento reception in the evening from Monday to Tuesday (00:00)
Warriors: trip to Detroit on Sunday (11:00 pm)