The Warriors beat the Hornets

Published: January 3, 2007

And so ends the Hornets' season series with the Golden State Warriors. The final score last night was 97-89, with the Hornets fighting back from a 13-point, third-quarter hole to make it close until the last minute.

Big night for Rasual

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  • The Hornets shot better from all over and out-rebounded the Warriors, but it was the turnovers that killed them. Golden State picked up 23 points off 17 turnovers, compared to just 6 points off 7 turnovers for the Hornets. The Warriors also out-scored the Hornets 26-2 on the break.
  • Rasual Butler welcomed back the old leather ball with 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting.
  • The aforementioned formidable Matt Barnes and his ass-ugly tattoo poured in 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. He also nailed a dagger three in the last minute that pretty much sealed the win for G-State.
  • Also killing the Hornets was that Baron Davis dude, who threw up 25 shots for 29 points and added 7 boards and 7 assists, playing all 48 minutes. He was 1-of-8 from three point range, which brings to mind the words "death" and "taxes". Don Nelson on Baron post-game:

    "Baron had 29 and I didn't think he played well. Shows you what type of player he is, huh?"

    Sure does, Don. Shows us that he keeps shooting even when he's missing. Fantastic.

  • Jannero Pargo also played a big game for the Hornets, finishing with 24 points and 8 assists. Beyond that, there was Marc Jackson with 15 points and the colorful Desmond Mason with 12. Devin Brown shot a disgusting 1-of-10 from the field to finish with 2 points, but shit happens.
  • Golden State of Mind wrap it up from the other side.

Not too bad a showing for the Hornets, all in all. As the cliché goes, they gave themselves a chance to win, and that's all you can ask for.

Next game is on Thrusday at the Ford against the Pistons. That game is on TNT, which should be bundles of fun and tickles without four of our best players. Also, Chris Paul is due to make an appearance on that Jim Rome show on ESPN on your TV at 3:30pm today. I presume that's central time.


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