Devonte’ Graham led Charlotte with 33 points on a career high 10 made triples. D’Angelo Russell led the Warriors with 18 points in his return from injury.
The Warriors were in it early (for a change)
When Charlotte raced out to a 28-20 advantage in the first quarter, it felt like yet another sleepy start that would ultimately doom the Dubs. But a second quarter surge put the Hornets on their heels, as Golden State shot 67% in the period and outscored Charlotte 34-30 to cut the deficit to 58-54 going into intermission.
Russell scored 13 of his 15 first half points in the second quarter, while Eric Paschall added 12 by halftime.
D'Angelo Russell with 13 points the last five minutes of the first half in Charlotte. Made a few defensive mistakes, but he just injects elite scoring punch on a team desperate for it.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 5, 2019
D’Lo had himself a half in his return game.— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) December 5, 2019
Eric Paschall ranks 1st in almost every rookie stat total in the league pic.twitter.com/64KFFbBIKa— Chris Montano (@gswchris) December 5, 2019
Russell and Paschall clearly were the 1-2 scoring punch the Dubs were going to lean heavily on all night, and they delivered early. They would not deliver late, unfortunately...
Hornets’ guards take over in the second half
That solid Golden State first half was eradicated by dominant performances by the Hornets’ backcourt of Graham and Terry Rozier. Graham drilled three triples in the third quarter, knocking the wind out of the Warriors’ sails.
Devonte Graham 23 pts, 7 ast, 6 reb— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) December 5, 2019
Terry Rozier 22 pts, 7 ast, 6 reb
Almost identical stat lines and Hornets lead Warriors 86-76 after 3 quarters.
This is Devonte Graham's 15th game this season of three or more 3s made.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) December 5, 2019
Warriors were destroyed by 3-Point shooting differential
The Dubs shot a decent 9-of-23 (39%) from beyond the arc. But when the opposition MAKES as many threes as you TAKE, you’re going to be in trouble most nights. The Hornets shot 21-of-47 from downtown, a blistering 44%.
The Warriors head to Chicago for a Friday after evening tilt against the Bulls.