Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson led all scorers with 30 points
and grabbed 13 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats crushed the Golden State
Warriors 91-75 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
The Bobcats held the Warriors to a horrid .312 shooting percentage and led by
as many as 22 in cruising to their 22nd victory of the season, already
surpassing last year's win total.
They welcomed back Kemba Walker, who missed the previous seven games with an
ankle injury and chipped in with seven points, seven assists and six boards.
Gerald Henderson also filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and
six assists for Charlotte, which went 4-3 with Walker out of the lineup.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 17 and 12 points,
respectively. Curry also had 11 assists, but the club posted its lowest output
since putting up a season-low 74 points in a loss to San Antonio on Nov. 8.
Thompson opened the game's scoring with a 3-pointer, but the Warriors missed
their next eight long-distance tries the rest of the half.
In addition to their defense shutting down Golden State's high-powered attack,
the Bobcats had things going offensively, making half of their field goal
attempts over the first two quarters. They jumped out to a 26-13 lead by
ending the first frame on a 16-4 run and took a 51-39 cushion into the break.
Jefferson followed up his 13-point first half with 11 in the third to keep
Charlotte comfortably ahead, and only a buzzer-beating 40-footer from Marreese
Speights spoiled an otherwise one-sided quarter.
Speights' unlikely make got the crowd back into it and pulled the Warriors
within 72-57. It was a 12-point game before Anthony Tolliver quieted the crowd
with consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth, and the Bobcats dominated the
rest of the way.
Charlotte upended the Warriors 115-111 on Dec. 9 and swept the two-game season
series for the first time since the 2009-2010 campaign ... Golden State shot
4-of-20 from the perimeter ... Golden State's David Lee played through a
sprained left shoulder and shot just 3-of-13 from the field for eight points.
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