CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 3 (Ticker) --
The Charlotte Hornets started 2002 with their highest-scoring game of the season. But few people were on hand to see it.
Baron Davis recorded his third career triple-double with 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Hornets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 114-102, before an announced crowd of 7,700 at the Charlotte Coliseum.
With a snowstorm blanketing the Charlotte area, the actual turnout was estimated at 1,200.
"It was a strange night," Davis said. "The crowd that was here did a great job supporting us."
Larry Hughes gets close to the rim against the Hornets.
Garrett W. Ellwood
The Hornets were not affected by the sparse gathering. They used a run late in the second quarter to open a 64-48 lead at intermission and never were threatened thereafter.
"We got out and pushed the ball well tonight," Davis said. "Our transition game was on. The key for us to be a good team is to get stops. We have to play solid defense and get turnovers."
Charlotte's previous high for points came in a 106-89 victory at Golden State on December 7. The Hornets surpassed the century mark for the eighth time this season.
Charlotte snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the third time in its last nine contests.
"We had 30 assists tonight, which shows we passed the ball around really well and had great penetration," Hornets coach Paul Silas said.
Antawn Jamison scored 24 points for the Warriors, who suffered their sixth straight loss to the Hornets and were swept in the series for the third straight season.
Golden State, which has dropped three in a row overall, began a stretch of four road games in five nights.
"The only thing that I'm disappointed with is our defense," Golden State coach Brian Winters said. "When their guard drove to the basket, we didn't cover our backcourt."
Seven players scored in double figures for the Hornets, who shot 56 percent (43-of-77) from the field. David Wesley scored 18 points and Robert Traylor added a career-high 15. Traylor was one of four reserves to reach double figures.
"The second unit really came in with energy tonight, which is what we needed because a couple of the starters were not in sync early," Silas said.
The Warriors closed to 44-42 on Bob Sura's layup with 6:20 left in the second period, but the Hornets ended the half with a 20-6 run. Davis scored 20 points before halftime.
"When we needed a spark, it was Baron that came through for us," Silas said. "He had a triple-double and did everything he needed to do to win."
Golden State made a run in the third period, closing to 72-70 on rookie Jason Richardson's layup with 5:40 to play. The Hornets responded with a 14-3 spurt, building an 86-73 cushion on Stacey Augmon's jumper with 1:49 left in the period.
Golden State got no closer than 107-98 on Jamison's two foul shots with 2:39 to play.
Richardson scored 18 points and Danny Fortson added 14 for the Warriors, who shot 38 percent (37-of-97) from the field. They were 0-of-4 from 3-point range.
"It's been like this for three games," Fortson said. "We just can't make the key plays offensively and defensively at key moments in the game."