Warriors play with pizzazz without Zaza

By Lindsey Boyd:

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are going to need a splash of their own medicine to cool down after lighting the court on fire against the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night.

The Warriors’ record book continued to be rewritten.

Curry moved up to 12th place for the NBA’s all-time three pointer list after sinking his 1,788th three. Thompson had a career high of eight assists.

Even rookie Damian Jones made his first NBA basket with an assist from James Michael McAdoo.

When asked if he remembered his first NBA basket, guard Klay Thompson said, “It was a three, fittingly,” in a post game interview.

The Splash Bros’ ignited the first quarter flurry with a combined eight made threes. Kevin Durant nailed one three in the first quarter, the same number made by the entire Hornets team. The Warriors tied their record for most threes in a quarter shooting 9-16.

JaVale McGee started in place of the usual number-one center Zaza Pachulia who was out with a right rotator cuff strain. Zaza’s inconsistency was not missed, as evident of McGee finishing with +25 compared to Zaza who’s been +12 and +13 in the past two games respectively.

The Warriors finished the opening quarter with almost double the Hornets’ points, 41-21.

The offensive explosion was reminiscent of the Warriors vs Hornets’ game on Dec. 2, 2015 when Curry scored 28 points in the third quarter following the halftime presentation when his father, Dell Curry, was honored.

During pre-game warm up, Dell chucked and made a half court shot in a tailored suit. The Currys’ sharp shooting runs in the genes.

Treading in the waves behind, the Hornets tried to close the gap in the second quarter, ending with 56 points. By the end of the half, Curry had eight deep shots from behind the arc. Klay added to the wave of made threes with five, and the Warriors sealed the half with 77.

Draymond Green, JaVale McGee, and James Michael McAdoo hosted the block party. They totaled 9 blocks.

The Hornets closed in on the gap in the third and fourth quarters but ultimately their weak defense gave the Warriors easy, open shots. The Hornets finished the game only 15 points behind at 126-111.

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