CHARLOTTE: Charlotte Hornets broadcaster, Dell Curry, got to watch his son on Wednesday night as the reigning MVP scored 40 points in three quarters. The Golden State Warriors easily defeated the Hornets, 116-99 to extend the best start in NBA history to 20-0.
On a night when the Hornets honored Dell Curry, the franchise’s career scoring leader, with the “Key to Buzz City,” it was his oldest son who stole the spotlight by hitting 14 of 18 shots from the field and going 8 for 11 from 3-point range.
Stephen Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and starred at nearby Davidson College, scored 28 points in the pivotal third quarter, including his team’s final 24. He hit 10 of 11 shots from the field, including all five from 3 – many from well beyond the arc and in the defender’s face – to help the Warriors build a 21-point lead.
He sat out the entire fourth quarter due to the big lead, henceforth he did not get a shot at breaking his career high of 54 points. Curry’s thoughts on the Warriors 20-0 start to the season: “surreal.”
Despite missing the inside presence of center Al Jefferson, out for at least two weeks with a strained left calf , and the 0-for-8 shooting Kemba Walker in the first half, the Hornets fought back to cut the lead to 60-51 at the break.
But midway through the third quarter Curry got rolling. Launching deep 3-pointers and several times turning and jogging back down court well before the ball even went through the net.
Curry hit jumpers from 24, 25, 29 and 30 feet in the third period.
It marked the fourth time this season Curry has scored 40 points by the end of the third quarter.
Curry has six 40-point games already this season.
Klay Thompson had 15 of his 21 points in the first quarter that helped the Warriors bolt to an early 15-point lead.
Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Quarter by quarter
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL SCORE
Charlotte Hornets 23 28 21 27 99
Golden State Warriors 32 28 33 23 116
Bryant scores 31 to lead Lakers past Wizards 108-104
WASHINGTON : Two games into the ‘farewell tour’ that’s already included an emotional night in his home city, a visit to the White House and a vintage performance, Kobe Bryant is still getting used to all the love.
He got plenty of it from another sellout crowd Wednesday night and scored 12 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 108-104.
Bryant finished 10 of 24 from the floor and appeared to turn back time, shaking off a cold stretch to hit a string of critical shots in the waning minutes.
With each one, the ovations from a crowd of 20,356 Lakers and Wizards fans grew louder. By the time Bryant’s pull-up jumper – that sent Bradley Beal backpedaling and gave the Lakers a 103-101 lead with 30.8 seconds remaining -the Verizon Center sounded more like Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Wall scored 15 in the fourth quarter but could not make up for the Wizard’s 23 turnovers despite erasing an early 19-point deficit.
Marcin Gortat added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards.
Julius Randle had 15 points and a career-best 19 rebounds for the Lakers (3-15), who hit five of their last six free throws to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Wizards guard, John Wall, who had 34 points and 11 assists, said: “We knew it was going to be that type of atmosphere. That’s what it’s going to be like wherever he goes.”
Bryant received a similar reception, Tuesday night, during a loss to the previously winless 76ers, in his hometown of Philadelphia. That was his first game after announcing his plans to retire after the season. He shot 7 of 26, in that one, for a total of 20 points.
Quarter by quarter
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL SCORE
Los Angeles Lakers 34 23 21 30 108
Washington Wizards 22 29 24 29 104
Other results around the League: Detroit Pistons 127 beat Phoenix Suns 122, New York Knicks 99 beat Philadelphia 76ers 87, Toronto Raptors 96 beat Atlanta Hawks 86, Chicago Bulls 99 beat Denver Nuggets 90, Houston Rockets 108 beat New Orleans Pelicans 101, San Antonio Spurs 95 beat Milwaukee Bucks 70, Indiana Pacers 103 beat Los Angeles Lakers 91.
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