Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker poured in 31 points and the
Charlotte Bobcats staved off a comeback effort from the Golden State Warriors
to come away with a 115-111 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Gerald Henderson added 24 points and Josh McRoberts scored 11 along with 10
rebounds and six assists as the Bobcats earned their second straight win and
spoiled the homecoming of Warriors star Stephen Curry.
Curry put on quite a show in defeat, with the Charlotte native racking up 43
points -- 19 of which came in the fourth quarter -- in addition to dishing out
Klay Thompson also overcame a slow start to tally 22 points for the Warriors,
with David Lee posting 14 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
Charlotte's tough defense stifled both Curry and Thompson for much of the
first half, with the duo going a combined 1-of-14 from the field to begin the
contest as the Bobcats steadily built a double-digit lead.
The Warriors shot just 33 percent overall for the first quarter and trailed
27-21 at period's end, and Charlotte increased the margin when McRoberts
opened the second with a layup and Anthony Tolliver knocked down an open look
from 3-point range on the Bobcats' next possession.
Charlotte was up by as many as 14 in the second quarter and entered the break
owning a 53-41 advantage, getting 11 of those points off nine Golden State
Both Curry and Thompson got hot following the stoppage, however, as the
Warriors began to close the gap. The backcourt tandem hit 6-of-10 shots from
beyond the arc during the third quarter, with Curry netting eight points
during a 15-6 surge he capped with a short jumper that trimmed Golden State's
deficit to 83-77 heading into the fourth.
Curry kept scoring at will during the final frame, and the Warriors drew even
at 88-88 when he sank a pair of foul shots with just under nine minutes to
The Bobcats responded, countering with a 15-4 sequence in which Ben Gordon,
Tolliver and Walker all buried treys to restore a double-digit differential
with five minutes remaining.
Curry wouldn't let Golden State go down easily, though, putting up 11 points
down the stretch as the Warriors made one final charge. The All-Star guard
brought his team back within two by draining a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go
that made the score 111-109.
Walker then made two critical free throws before Curry misfired from long
distance on the other end to have the Warriors' rally fall short.
Charlotte halted a 14-game losing streak to Western Conference teams, with the
most recent win a 102-101 decision over Minnesota on Jan. 26 of last season.
The Bobcats are just 2-28 in their last 30 matchups against the West ...
Charlotte prevailed despite having swingman Jeffrey Taylor (bruised left heel)
and center Bismack Biyombo (sprained ankle) out of the lineup, with both
getting hurt in Friday's win over Philadelphia ... Golden State guard Toney
Douglas returned from a 14-game absence caused by a stress reaction in his
left tibia, hitting a 3-pointer in two-plus minutes of time ... The Bobcats
went 6-of-12 on 3-point tries, compared to an 11-of-37 success rate for the
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