Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – David Lee tallied 26 points while Klay Thompson added 19 markers to help the Golden State Warriors escape with a 103-96 win over the skidding New Orleans Hornets Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
Lee hit 10 of 16 shots and also grabbed nine boards, Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack added 16 points each and Stephen Curry had 13 points for the Warriors (17-8), who inflicted the Hornets eighth straight loss.
The Warriors are four wins away from matching their best start since the 1991-92 season.
Jack also contributed 10 assists while Landry pulled down nine boards for the Warriors, who recently finished a seven-game road trip with a 6-1 record.
Ryan Anderson scored 28 points off the bench and Greivis Vasquez had 20 points and 11 assists to lead the Hornets, who dropped to 5-19 after the loss.
The return of top rookie pick Anthony Davis to the starting lineup after being a reserve the last month did not help the Hornets’ cause.
Davis tallied 15 points and 16 boards in his fifth game back from a left ankle injury while fellow rookie Austin Rivers added 12 points for the Hornets.
The Hornets fared better from the field, 46.7 percent compared to 43.6 percent, but the Warriors outrebounded them, 44-33, and 16-7 on the offensive end.
Landry buried a jumper with 7:15 remaining in the game to hand the Warriors a 90-78 advantage.
The Hornets, however, went on a 14-2 blast behind Vasquez’s five points to tie the game at 92 with four minutes to play.
Then, the Warriors answered with a 6-0 blast from four foul shots by Jack and a jumper by Curry to take a 98-92 advantage.
The Hornets closed in at 98-94 but the Warriors sank five foul shots to seal the win.