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Warriors lose 106-91 to Hornets as Devonte’ Graham hits career high 10 threes

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D’Angelo Russell’s 18 points in limited time weren’t enough to save the Dubs.

Golden State Warriors v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors lost on the road 106-91 to the Charlotte Hornets under an avalanche of three-pointers.

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.

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.

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%.

Moving On

The Warriors head to Chicago for a Friday after evening tilt against the Bulls.