It was over when Klay Thompson threw down a baseline dunk with 1:30 remaining, giving Golden State a 101-90 lead and the rookie his NBA high in scoring with 27 points. The Warriors led just 75-72 through three quarters but took over late on the strength of their outstanding perimeter shooting. New Orleans dropped the opener of its three-game homestand. On Thursday, Chris Paul makes his return to the Crescent City, the only time the Clippers will play here this season.
Hornets MVP: With 24 seconds remaining and the Hornets in an insurmountable hole, the BuzzVision scoreboard displayed the message that Jarrett Jack had achieved his first-ever triple-double in the NBA. The Bee-Zanies acknowledged the feat by chanting triple-double! Unfortunately there wasnt much enjoyment in the stat for the point guard. Its cool, its an accomplishment, but we didnt win, Jack said after the game. Its unfortunate, Monty Williams said of the loss, because youd love to be able to celebrate that (Jacks triple-double).
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: In his first game since an ultra-brief D-League stint, Xavier Henry displayed the aggressiveness on offense that should help open up his game at that end of the floor. Henry scored nine points in the fourth quarter, part of his 13-point night. Five of his six baskets came on layups or dunks, a development Williams praised after the game. I did see some growth from Xavier tonight, Williams said. I thought he attacked the basket.
The buzz on the return of CP3. Emotions will likely be at a high level in the New Orleans Arena stands Thursday night, when arguably the greatest player in Hornets history plays in an opposing uniform for the first time. Its probably not going to be an overwhelming topic of discussion in the home locker room, though, partly because the Hornets have several players who have never met Paul before. Of the 10 Hornets who received playing time in Wednesdays loss to the Warriors, only four were teammates of Pauls last season (Jack, Marco Belinelli, Trevor Ariza and Jason Smith). The other six players are new members of the team, including Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, both of whom came to New Orleans as part of the December trade with the Clippers.