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Stephen Curry is out against Hornets


Tipoff: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Spectrum Center. TV: ESPN and NBC Sports Bay Area. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 "The Game" in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.


Warriors: 19- 6, No. 2 in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Houston.
Hornets: 9-13, No. 11 in the Eastern Conference, 10½ games behind Boston.

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Warriors: Rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-115 on Monday night. After a sluggish first half, Golden State came out on fire for the third quarter, outscoring New Orleans 39-22 to cut their deficit to 91-88 heading into the fourth period. Stephen Curry had 31 points and 11 assists before suffering a sprained right ankle late in the game.
Hornets: Defeated visiting Orlando 104-94 on Monday night to break a four-game losing streak. All-Star guard Kemba Walker returned from a two-game absence due to injury and scored 29 points.


It's becoming a habit for the Warriors, but they're overcoming bad first halves with stunning third-quarter performances. On Sunday at Miami, they extended to 62-60 halftime lead to 99-77 with a 37-17 third quarter in which they shot 71.4 percent (15 of 21) and held Miami to 6 of 17 (35.3 percent). The Warriors also had 11 assists and only two turnovers. One night later in New Orleans, they did it again. Trailing 69-49 at halftime, a more-determined and focused Golden State team smoked the Hornets with a 15-0 run to start the third quarter and cut the deficit to three points heading into the fourth quarter. In the third, the Warriors shot 60.0 percent (15 for 25) and made seven 3-pointers in 12 attempts. They also had 13 assists and four steals. Imagine how much easier it would be if the Warriors could do this in the first quarter.


Dwight Howard's 14th NBA season has brought him to Charlotte. His stats are pretty much what would you expect from Howard at age 31: 15.1 points, third in the NBA with an average of 12.4 rebounds and 48.3-percent shooting from the free-throw line.

A GREAT 19-POINT GAME [19659013] Green played a fine all-around game at New Orleans. Besides his usual stellar defense, he had 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks. And he shot from the floor, going 6 of 12. But most impressive was his 3-point shooting. Green made 3 of 5 attempts, but what was great about the ones he made was that they came in the rhythm of the offense when the ball was moving and he was left unguarded.


] Durant played one of his worst games of the season against the Pelicans. He had 19 points but shot only 8 for 21 from the field and 1 for 5 from 3-point range. I had two steals and a block but it was not much of a factor defensively. The most telling statistic that represented his night was his team-high seven turnovers.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: He's Charlotte's 6-7 starting small forward in his sixth season from Kentucky. He was the No. 2 pick in the draft by the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points and shooting 49.2 percent from the field despite an awkward jumper. He does not shoot 3-pointers (only one attempt this season, which he missed). Defense is his calling card
Michael Carter-Williams: He is Charlotte's 6-6 backup point guard in his fifth season from Syracuse. He was the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 16.7 points for Philadelphia, which drafted him with the No. 11 pick. I missed the first 11 games of this season after receiving platelet-rich injections in both knees over the summer. He's a pesky defender. Warriors fans will remember Carter-Williams from his Milwaukee days when he was the guy who taunted Golden State while the Bucks were ending the Warriors' perfect 24-0 start

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Andre Iguodala, who is among the league leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio, had a rare night in the turnover department against the Pelicans. He had a season-high of three, but still had seven assists.


Nicolas Batum is back for Charlotte after missing the first 12 games because of a torn ulnar collateral league in his left elbow. Batum is a multi-talented 6-8 shooting guard who can hurt an opponent in many ways: scoring, rebounding, passing, shooting 3-pointers or on defense.

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