Marco Belinelli scored 22 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 102-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
The former Warrior was 9 of 13 from the floor and finished with six assists and three steals. Jarrett Jack, who recorded his first career triple-double last week against the Warriors, had 20 points and nine assists. Carl Landry added 20 points and eight rebounds.
New Orleans shot 54.4 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from 3-point range, both season-highs by a Warriors opponent. The Hornets also committed a season-low nine turnovers.
David Lee led Golden State with 28 points and seven rebounds. Klay Thompson had 13 points. Dorell Wright and Brandon Rush each had 12.
Golden State shot 44.6 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Warriors have lost three straight, eight of 10, to drop to a season-low nine games under .500. The Hornets own the worst record in the Western Conference at 13-37.
One night after taking the Los Angeles Lakers down to the wire, the Warriors never threatened the Hornets.
New Orleans took over the game in the second quarter, shooting 80 percent and outscoring Golden State 30-16 to lead 57-40 at halftime.
“We lost the game in the second quarter,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “When you give up 30 points in the second quarter, when you allow them uncontested shots, it was very uncharacteristic of the way we’ve played. That was not who we are.”
The Hornets shot 63 percent in the first half to the Warriors’ 42 percent. After tying a franchise-low with five turnovers against the Lakers on Tuesday, the Warriors committed 10 in the first half, leading to 13 New Orleans points.
The Warriors made a brief run late in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 11 with 2:20 left. But the Hornets ended the quarter on an 8-3 run to go back up by 16. The Warriors never got closer than 13 in the fourth quarter.
“It was a terrible game by our team all the way around,” said Lee. “They were the aggressors from the start. They hit shots, we didn’t hit shots. Our intensity wasn’t there on either end and it’s a real disappointment.”
New Orleans scored 100 points for just the sixth time (2-4) this season. The starting five for the Hornets scored 80 points on 58.6 percent shooting, The Warriors starters scored 59 points on 47 percent shooting.
“You come into the game understanding that they are missing probably four of their best players, but have guys that are more than capable of playing well,” said Jackson. “You know Jarrett Jack was going to be aggressive, knowing Carl Landry was going to be aggressive and we didn’t respond.”
The Hornets played without Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Chris Kaman and Emeka Okafor. The Warriors played without Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins.
Nate Robinson started after missing the last two games with a strained right hamstring. Robinson was held scoreless with six assists in 23 minutes.
“There is a way to lose, believe it or not,” said Jackson. “Certainly tonight wasn’t the way to lose. I understand back-to-back nights, I understand a battle against the Lakers with a tough loss. Teams respond by taking care of their business and taking out that tough loss on a team that we are better than. We didn’t do that. We’ll learn, but we had to talk about it.”
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