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Final Score: Warriors win 121-110 over Hornets as Cousins shines bright

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Cousins had his first 20-10 game as a Warrior, showing he’s starting to get comfortable after his injury

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors asphyxiated the Charlotte Hornets, 121-110. The champs bounced back from an annoying loss to the Houston Rockets to tax the Hornets.

Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 26 points, while DeMarcus Cousins had a big-time 24 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Kevin Durant had 20 points, and Stephen Curry only had 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field in his hometown.

First Half

“Boogie” Cousins had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the first half, looking like an All-Star in the second quarter especially. He clearly was motivated to reclaim some of his pre-injury self, and carved up Charlotte’s defense with a smooth confidence. He led the Warriors in scoring after two quarters.

Unfortunately, his matchup Cody Zeller had 16 points to lead all scorers at the half. Old-school center on center crime!

Thompson added 14, and Durant had 13 by intermission. And Durant...oh my goodness.

The Warriors shot 52% and made 9 three-pointers, but suffered 8 turnovers to keep Charlotte hanging around. The Hornets shot 17-of-18 from the free throw line, stalling the Warriors preferred uptempo game.

Warriors 68, Hornets 60

Second Half

The second half basically was the Warriors daring the Hornets to shoot jumpers, and the Hornets responding by building a brick monument to the Spirit of the Clanging Shot.The Hornets finished the game shooting 7-of-33 (21%) from downtown for the game.

As the Hornets’ offense dried up, the Warriors knocked down enough shots to separate. Kemba Walker shot 9-of-24 from the field for 23 points, struggling to supplement Zeller’s 28 points on 13-of-14 shooting.

Nice game for Boogie!