Hornets sting Warriors
Los Angeles (AFP)
Dwight Howard scored 29 points as the Charlotte Hornets up-ended the NBA champion Golden State Warriors 111-100 in Oakland, California, on Friday.
Howard's effort also included 12 rebounds and seven assists and helped the Hornets notch just their third away victory of the season.
Six Hornets players scored in double figures as Golden State conceded 46 points in the paint and surrendered 18 turnovers leading to 32 Charlotte points.
Kevin Durant paced the Warriors with 27 points, connecting on eight of 19 shots from the floor.
Klay Thompson, playing in his 500th NBA game, added 24 points.
Draymond Green struggled with his shot, but handed out 16 assists with 11 rebounds to go with his eight points.
But the Hornets reserves out-scored the Warriors bench 39-27 and Charlotte turned the tables on a Warriors team that beat them 101-87 on December 6.
Reserves Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb produced nine points in an 11-0 scoring run early in the fourth quarter that stretched Charlotte's lead from 84-81 to 95-81.
The Warriors wouldn't get the deficit under double digits from there.
Golden State, who still lead the Western Conference with a record of 28-8, are expecting reinforcements on Saturday, when two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry is likely to return from a sprained ankle that has seen him miss 11 games.
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