Lee Gets Triple-Double, Warriors Defeat Bobcats
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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — David Lee had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Stephen Curry set a career high with eight 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors extended the Charlotte Bobcats’ losing streak to 14 games with a 115-100 victory on Friday night.
Klay Thompson added 20 points while Carl Landry and Draymond Green had 11 apiece for the Warriors, who have won eight of 10.
Golden State led by double digits the entire second half and never trailed following a 14-3 run late in the first quarter.
Gerald Henderson scored a season-high 23 points for the Bobcats.
Before the game Warriors coach Mark Jackson talked about Lee’s season and said the veteran forward was deserving of All-Star consideration.
Lee then backed his coach with his third career triple-double – second with the Warriors – while Curry became the first player in franchise history to make seven or more 3s in consecutive games. Golden State’s guard finished with 27 points.
That combo was enough to offset a solid night from Charlotte’s tandem of Henderson and Kemba Walker, who had 16 points and six assists.
The Bobcats, who haven’t won since Nov. 4, had five players in double figures but lost to the Warriors for the second time in 11 days despite committing only seven turnovers.
The way Golden State was shooting it didn’t matter.
The Warriors (18-9) shot 51.9 percent from the floor and made a season-high 14 3-pointers after getting 13 in Wednesday’s loss to Sacramento.
Curry, who had seven 3s against the Kings, led the perimeter attack while Thompson went 4 for 8 from beyond the arc. That helped Golden State complete its first season sweep of Charlotte since 2004-05, the Bobcats’ first year in the league.
Charlotte, making its third stop on a four-game road trip, made one brief run after falling behind 39-25 early in the second quarter but didn’t do much else.
Walker, who went to the bench briefly in the first quarter after running hard into a screen attempt by Golden State center Andris Biedrins, scored five points as part of an 11-0 run then made his fourth 3-pointer of the first half to pull the Bobcats within 44-43.
That was as close as they could get.
Curry, coming off a 32-point night in the Warriors’ 131-127 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday, made a pair of 3s over the final 3:40 and had 15 points before halftime to help Golden State pull away.
Notes: Lee has scored 20 or more in 11 consecutive games, the longest stretch of his career. … Golden State committed seven turnovers in the first quarter but only four over the final three. … Charlotte fell to 2-12 against the Western Conference. … The Hornets played without guard Ben Gordon, who sat out with soreness in his right knee. … New York Yankees ace and Bay Area native CC Sabathia was among those in attendance.
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