Jan 5, 2016 12:45 AM
Green's triple-double leads Warriors past Hornets 111-101
The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green became the second Warriors player ever to post three straight triple-doubles and Golden State rolled to its 35th straight regular-season home win, 111-101 over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 30 points apiece and Marreese Speights had a season-high 15 off the bench to help the Warriors sweep the season series from Charlotte.
But the night belonged to Green, who had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to join Tom Gola in 1959-60 as the only Warriors players ever to get triple-doubles in three straight games. The last player in the NBA to do it was Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, who had a four-game streak last season.
Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each scored 22 points for the Hornets. Charlotte has lost a season-high four straight games.
The Hornets cut a 12-point lead down to one following back-to-back 3-pointers from P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lin early in the third quarter. But Thompson answered with a layup and a 3-pointer to restore the lead to 71-65 and start a 12-0 run that put Golden State in control.
A jumper by Harrison Barnes early in the fourth expanded the lead to 20 points and the Warriors cruised from there.
Curry missed two games and then played less than 15 minutes in his return to the lineup Saturday before leaving with a bruised left shin. He did not participate in the morning shootaround and was questionable right about until game time when he made it through his usual pregame routine with no issues.
He drained a 3-pointer in the opening minute on his first shot and scored 14 points in all in the first half as Golden State took a 62-54 lead at the break.
Hornets: Lamb left the game briefly to undergo X-rays on his bruised right hand and wrist. ... Swingman Nicolas Batum sat out with a sprained toe on his right foot. He could also miss Wednesday's game in Phoenix. ... Big man Spencer Hawes returned after missing five games with a back injury.
Warriors: Green is the 15th player in NBA history to have three straight triple-doubles. He has seven overall this season. ... Barnes returned from a 16-game absence from a sprained left ankle. He got a standing ovation when he checked in for the first time since getting hurt Nov. 27 at Phoenix. Barnes scored eight points. ... G Leandro Barbosa (left shoulder sprain) and F James Michael McAdoo (sprained toe, left foot) remain sidelined.
Hornets: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday.
Warriors: Visit Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.