Thompson has season-high 29, Warriors beat Hornets

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013
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It was the most points they have scored in a loss in coach Monty Williams' three-year tenure.

"We lost our identity tonight," Williams said. "We gave up 116 points to a team that is undermanned. We didn't knock down a free throw and we turned the ball over 17 times. You don't deserve to win."

Golden State cooled off after a blistering first half when it hit 61.4 percent of its shots, but it made just enough plays down the stretch to rally from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

The Warriors shot only 33 percent in the second half at the end of back-to-back road trip, and the Hornets appeared in control after going up 102-95 with a 9-2 spurt. But Thompson hit a 3 — his only basket of the second half — to make the score 107-104, and after the Hornets went back ahead 110-108, Jack took over.

"We made mistakes, but we didn't quit," Jackson said. "We didn't hang our heads, even when things weren't going our way. It was a big-time victory."

Trailing since the late stages of the first quarter, the Hornets took the lead with a 13-2 run near the end of the third quarter. Davis dunked and Vasquez hit a 3-pointer to put them ahead 82-81. Anderson sank a 3 in between two baskets from Rivers to make the score 89-83.

Thompson hit his first seven shots in in the first half before Davis blocked his attempt with 4:21 left in the second quarter. Thompson responded with two more 3-pointers and a driving layup to put the Warriors ahead 67-57 at the break.

Thompson was 10 of 13 overall and 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the first half, making up for Curry's slow start. Curry started 1 of 5, but when he hit his first shot 11 seconds into the second quarter, the Warriors already led 36-27. They stretched that advantage to 60-44 on Thompson's third 3.

Notes: The Hornets tied a season high with 32 points in the third quarter. ... Golden State's 67 points in the first half were a team high and the most New Orleans has allowed year. . Lee said before the game he could have played but the team wanted him to rest the ankle to avoid further damage at the end of back-to-back games. . The difference for the Hornets when Davis was on or off the floor? He blocked Richard Jefferson's shot with enough authority late in the first quarter to send Jefferson on to his rear end. With Davis on the bench early in the second, Jefferson drove for a thunderous reverse dunk.