Curry leads Warriors past Hornets, 93-72
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stephen Curry's effortless-looking 3-pointer from 29 feet away symbolized how right things have gone for Golden State during the first two games of a meaningful late-season road trip.
Looking to lead his team into the playoffs, Curry scored 30 points and the Warriors won easily for the second straight night, 93-72 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
"This is a game that validates last night, how big a win that was for us to start the road trip," Curry said, alluding to Golden State's 30-point victory at Houston on Sunday. "If you drop an egg tonight it means nothing, so — a big win for us."
David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 13 points for the Warriors (39-30), who continued to solidify their postseason credentials with 13 games remaining.
"We're a good team. We're focused on a mission and we never lost confidence in the down part of the year that we had the last couple months," Curry said, referring to a 3-10 stretch spanning from early February to early March. "We feel like when we're on top of our game and locked in and everybody's healthy and ready to go, we're a team to be reckoned with and match up with anybody."
After scoring 29 points at Houston, Curry made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts in New Orleans, hitting six 3s on nine attempts.
Andrew Bogut anchored the Warriors' defense with four blocks and nine rebounds to go with his eight points.
"We understood what we had to do coming in here," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "That didn't mean we were going to win, but if we were going to lose, we were going to lose with energy, effort and efficiency. We did those things and came up with a big win.
"I'm proud of my guys," Jackson added, satisfied with how his players have responded to a mid-season swoon in which it looked like they might fade from contention. "We're not going anywhere."
Ryan Anderson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets (22-46), who came in tied with Phoenix for the Western Conference's worst record and lost their fourth straight game. Anthony Davis added 16 points, while Greivis Vasquez had 14 points and nine assists. The Hornets, who lost in Minnesota on Sunday, were playing without guard Eric Gordon, who has rested his right knee on the second of back-to-back games this season.
"We took a lot of bad shots," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "It's a challenge to try to manufacture your offense with guys who are trying their best to make shots when we don't have a guy to get it done, get the ball and go to the basket. (Golden State) had a number of guys who could do that."
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