Hornets.com postgame: Warriors 93, Hornets 72
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Warriors (39-30), Hornets (22-46)
It was over when… Golden State put together a lengthy stretch of quality fourth-quarter play, capped by a Stephen Curry three-pointer that gave the Warriors a 91-72 lead with just under two minutes remaining. It was Curry’s 30th point of the game. Golden State wound up prevailing in a methodical, workmanlike performance, keeping New Orleans at arm’s length for the majority of Monday’s Western Conference game. The Hornets dropped the opener of their season-high, seven-game homestand and will host Boston on Wednesday.
Hornets MVP: Anthony Davis finished with seven rebounds to go along with his 16 points, but it almost seemed more like he had 15 to 20 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 rookie was constantly around the rim, with four dunks and a tip-in score. He also had a couple buckets negated due to offensive basket interference. The University of Kentucky product reached double digits in scoring for the eighth straight game, a span that covers the entire month of March.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Ryan Anderson accounted for 21 of the bench’s 33 points. Anderson also scored one-third of New Orleans’ 36 points in the first half, a badly-needed offensive spark. Overall, he had a rough shooting game (7-for-19 from field, 1-for-6 on treys), but under the circumstances, he’s forced to be as aggressive on offense as possible. He also collected nine rebounds in his 29 minutes.
The buzz on… playing with energy. Monty Williams often says he wants his team to play like it’s a privilege to be in the NBA, not a right. It’s the way Williams was viewed during his own blue-collar NBA playing career. Recently signed Hornets players Lou Amundson and Terrel Harris personified that mentality in Monday’s game, even if the end results was not always the most favorable for New Orleans. Over the final 14 games of the regular season – particularly now that New Orleans is officially eliminated from playoff contention after Monday’s defeat – the Hornets will emphasize intensity and closing out the year in a way they can be proud of this offseason. “We still have a lot of basketball left. We still have the opportunity to finish out this season strong,” Roger Mason said. “And start the summer on a good note. That’s what we all have to be ready to do. Finish strong and keep working. It’s not an easy stretch, but for us it will be a good measure of where our hearts are at, and how we compete going into next season.”