After winning the opening tip, the Warriors ran the first play of the game to get Klay Thompson a midrange jumper. He drilled it and never looked back. If the Warriors were trying to get him hot early, it worked, as Thompson scored 15 points in the first quarter.
Stephen Curry did a great job of being patient and finding Klay's hot hand. With it being his homecoming game and his dad, Dell Curry, being honored at halftime, one would expect Steph to come out hunting his shot, but he let the game come to him. Eventually, he hit two threes in a row, taking advantage of poor three-point defense from Charlotte.
Despite some silly mental lapses late in the quarter, the Warriors easily cruised to a 9-point lead by the end of the quarter. Charlotte's defense, especially at the arc, was just not good enough, as the Warriors finished the quarter shooting 48% from the field and 40% from three.
The Warriors ran out some strange lineups in the beginning of the second quarter, but the experimenting seemed to work. The Hornets' bench was struggling due to limited depth brought upon by the injuries to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson. These bizarre bench matchups did lead to an unexpected Marreese Speights to James Michael McAdoo alley-oop out of a horns set.
Thompson and Draymond Green were aggressive attacking the basket. It seems that Klay has recovered from his back injury, and he's using his shot as a threat to help him attack the rim. Green is a terror running the fastbreak. He knows just when to push the ball, and the opposition always has to worry about finding shooters in transition. At one point, in semi-transition, the Warriors used Curry as a screener for Green. This led to a made Curry three. This is the most dangerous duo in the NBA.
The half ended with the Warriors leading by 9. The Hornets missed some good three-point looks and Kemba Walker didn't score a single point in the first half, so one would expect the Warriors to go into the half with a more comfortable lead. However, the Warriors continued to commit dumb turnovers, and the Hornets were able to get to the line at a much higher rate than the Dubs.
Steph time. Steph o'clock. Stephtownsville, United States of Steph. PO Box 30.
You can see it happening. He gets to the rack a couple times. He gets an open left corner three. He starts toying with the ball in the backcourt. His jersey starts to come untucked. He pulls up from hexagons that border hexagons that don't touch the three point line. He scores 24 straight for the Warriors. He makes five straight threes. He has forty points before you can blink.
The game is over.
Please refer to quarter three.
I really don't have much else to say here besides "Wow. Steph. Wow...Wow", but I did want to point out that Warriors' play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald managed to make three separate jokes about Jeremy Lin's hair. Yes, he did use the phrase "hair-raising", and, yes, he did mention color commentator Jim Barnett making an appointment with Lin's barber. Look for Fitz coming to a comedy club near you.