Hornets.com postgame: Warriors 116, Hornets 112
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Warriors (24-15), Hornets (13-27)
It was over when… former Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack drained two free throws with 15 seconds remaining, giving Golden State a 115-110 lead. The eight-year NBA veteran’s accurate foul shooting (10-for-11) and 25 bench points helped the Warriors hold off the hosts, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end. New Orleans will be at home again Monday, for a noon Central game against Sacramento.
Hornets MVP: Anthony Davis displayed his all-around package of skills, finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and four assists. Saturday was Davis’ first game of 20 points or more since Dec. 28 vs. Toronto, though he has registered double-digit scoring in four straight games. The one blemish was Davis’ 2-for-7 outing on free throws. After starting fast early in 2012-13 at the charity stripe, the Kentucky product has cooled off in recent weeks, going 12-for-27 in January. On the season, he’s at 71.6 percent, which is almost exactly the same as his college rate of 70.9.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Ryan Anderson had the most productive game statistically (19 points, 5 rebounds) among the reserves, but we’ve come to expect that. Give the sixth-man nod Saturday to Roger Mason, who again was ultra-efficient during his time on the floor. The backup shooting guard scored 12 points in 20 minutes of action, going 5-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-2 on three-pointers. Mason has shot a staggering 17-for-23 on treys (73.9 percent) since his late December breakout performance at Charlotte.
The buzz on… a costly night at the foul line. New Orleans entered Saturday ranked eighth in the NBA in free-throw percentage (77.9), a clear team strength for much of 2012-13. In fact, four Hornets are shooting near or above 90 percent, one unofficial cut-off for elite accuracy (Mason, Brian Roberts, Jason Smith, Anderson). New Orleans went just 13-for-23 Saturday, however, in contrast to Golden State’s 30-for-35 game. Although there were many contributing factors, there’s no doubt that this discrepancy hurt the Hornets in a game where the scoreboard operator was kept busy for 2 1/2 hours. Davis missed a handful of free throws, but it was a team-wide problem, as five other Hornets misfired once apiece. The issue reared its head particularly in the first three quarters Saturday, when New Orleans went just 5-for-13.