The Golden State Warriors ended their three-game road trip with a 111-115 loss against the Charlotte Bobcats. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 43 points, nine rebounds, and six assists while the second half of the Splash Brothers duo dropped 22 points and five assists. Kemba Walker had 31 points, five rebounds, and five assists on 10-of-18 shooting in the winning effort. Gerald Henderson scored 24 points.
The Warriors (12-10) went into the fourth quarter down 83-77. Despite trailing for most of the game, the Warriors managed to claw their way back and tie the score at 88 with a little more than seven minutes remaining. The Bobcats (10-11) played Curry tight and allowed Curry multiple point-blank looks at the basket for easy layups. Despite carrying all the momentum, a crucial turnover due to an Andrew Bogut moving screen caused the Warriors to stumble and never regain their footing.
Curry single handedly kept the Warriors in the game until the final possession. Despite the season high in points, it took a staggering 32 shots for him to reach the mark. Curry’s usually reliable long range shot proved erratic tonight as he shot just 5-for-16 (.313). But irregardless of the poor shooting night, Curry shot a season high 12 free throws, displaying an increased aggressiveness and awareness of how to exploit opposing defenses.
The Warriors defense has really been struggling without Andre Iguodala. The Bobcats, who score an average of 90.2 points a game (last in the league), scored 115 points on .457 shooting. Walker, on multiple occasions, burned Curry and Thompson and found his way to the basket for an easy look or dish. The Bobcats (again, the worst offensive team in the league), carved up the Warrior defense and went to the line 29 times. Seven Charlotte players shot two or more free throws, while Golden State only had 4 players.
Iguodala’s absence was also felt in the minutes played for the Warrior guards. Kent Bazemore and Nemanja Nedovic have not earned their playing time behind either Curry or Thompson, causing both to have their minutes limited (1:58 and DNP) this game. Curry played 45:40, Thompson played 46:01, and Barnes played 39:43. After a tough road trip with heavy minutes, the Warriors will welcome an extended home stand and the return of Iguodala and Toney Douglas.
Tale of the Tape
– Field Goals: 41-90 (.456)
– 3-pointers: 11-37 (.297)
– Rebounds: 53
– Assists: 20
– Turnovers: 15
– Field Goals: 43-94 (.457)
– 3-pointers: 6-12 (.500)
– Rebounds: 46
– Assists: 22
– Turnovers: 7
Good to Know
Toney Douglas returned from injury and Andre Iguodala is looking to make his return shortly. The Warriors, despite stumbling due to mounting injuries, are looking to make a run once they are healthy.
What’s on Tap
The Warriors, after being the most traveled team in the West so far in the young season, will play seven of their next nine games at home.
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