Hornets.com postgame: Warriors 98, Hornets 88
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Warriors (43-32), Hornets (26-49)
It was over when… following a New Orleans turnover, Golden State’s Stephen Curry sank a pair of free throws, giving the Warriors a 94-80 lead with 2:38 remaining. Golden State wrapped up a season-series sweep of New Orleans, the first time the Warriors have done so since the Hornets moved to the Western Conference in 2004-05. New Orleans dropped the opener of its five-game road trip, which continues Friday at Utah.
Hornets MVP: Al-Farouq Aminu had a nice all-around game, totaling 14 points (on efficient 7-for-8 shooting), five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot. The starting small forward has often delivered across-the-board contributions over the past couple months, but one unique aspect of Wednesday’s outing was that he connected on four jump shots. Aminu has markedly improved his shot selection in his third NBA season; even the deep ones he made Wednesday were against the shot clock.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Slim pickings in this category, with the bench combining to score just nine points through three quarters. Brian Roberts led the reserves with six points on 3-for-8 shooting. The rest of the substitutes were 3-for-14 and only made one two-point basket.
The buzz on… a plot twist vs. the Warriors. In years past, whenever the Hornets have lost to Golden State, it’s invariably been because they’ve allowed 110-plus points to a high-powered, fast-paced offensive attack. In Wednesday’s defeat, the other end of the floor proved much more damaging during an attempt to play the role of spoiler in the West playoff chase. Ryan Anderson (1-for-8), Anthony Davis (2-for-11) and Eric Gordon (5-for-17) – three of the team’s top four scorers – combined to shoot just 8-for-36. Gordon did add some valuable points at the foul line in a 10-for-11 night, but the Hornets could not overcome their stars’ unusually quiet scoring nights. NOLA only scored 14 points in the second quarter, when Golden State turned a nine-point deficit into a nine-point halftime edge.