Buzzkill: Warriors drop an ugly one to Hornets

Ruben Hill
December 30, 2017

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry was ruled out for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets but he could return Saturday, according to coach Steve Kerr. He shot 10-15 from the field and a surprising 9-12 from the free throw line.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (12-22): Charlotte needed to overcome an 18-point deficit to earn a 111-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and fell into a 16-point hole at the half against the Celtics. The double-double was his 20th of the season.

Kaminsky (14) and Lamb (11) were also among six Hornets scoring in double figures. Nicolas Batum added 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12. The Hornets are losers of 13 of their last 17 games and missed out on a chance to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this month when they dropped a 102-91 decision at home to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

The Warriors were led by Kevin Durant who ended the game with 27 points. They built a double-digit lead in the third quarter. Howard had lost his previous nine games against the Warriors with three different teams (Houston 0-6, Atlanta 0-2, Charlotte 0-1).

Curry has missed nine games since then, but thanks in large part to the elevated play of Warriors forward Kevin Durant, the defending National Basketball Association champions are able to weather the two-time MVP's absence.

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