NBA regular season

Unlikely names lead Warriors past Hornets

Unlikely names lead Warriors past Hornets

HOT RUN. Warriors forward Draymond Green (right) celebrates with teammate Stephen Curry after a basket against the Hornets.

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Even with Steph Curry tallying his lowest-scoring total of the season, the Warriors roll to their sixth win in seven games behind Jordan Poole

Jordan Poole picked up the slack on an off shooting game for backcourt mate Stephen Curry with a season-best 31 points, helping the Golden State Warriors overpower the visiting Charlotte Hornets, 114-92, Wednesday night, November 3 (Thursday, November 4, Manila time).

Gary Payton II came off the bench to chip in a season-high scoring night of his own, contributing 14 points and 3 steals to the Warriors’ sixth win in seven games to start the season.

Miles Bridges poured in a game-high 32 points for the Hornets, who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Charlotte led by as many as seven in the first half but Golden State chipped away to carry a 53-52 at the half.

The Warriors then took command with a late burst in the third period that opened an 80-64 lead. Payton had two layups, two free throws, and a steal in a 14-1, defensive-driven flurry that gave the Warriors a comfortable lead for good.

Poole shot 7-for-16 on three-pointers and 11-for-21 overall. In terms of Poole’s career, the 31 points are second only to the 38 he had against the New Orleans Pelicans last May.

Payton’s point total was the third-highest of his career. He hit 6 of his 9 shots.

On a night when he had 8 rebounds and a game-high 9 assists, Curry finished with 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting. He missed 8 of his 11 three-point attempts and finished with his lowest-scoring total of the season, 5 points below his previous low.

Damion Lee added 15 points and Andrew Wiggins 14 for the Warriors, who shot 18-for-45 on three-pointers and outscored the Hornets 54-30 from beyond the arc.

Draymond Green did his part with a team-high 10 rebounds to go with 8 assists and 5 points.

Bridges made 5 of Charlotte’s 10 three-pointers on his 32-point night. He also found time for 9 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward had 23 points and LaMelo Ball 14 points with 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals for the Hornets, who were opening a five-game trip.

Hayward completed a double-double with 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which entered the game as the league’s highest-scoring team but scored seven fewer points than in any previous game. –