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Bobcats whip Warriors

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From page B2 | February 05, 2014 |

OAKLAND — The Charlotte Bobcats closed out a critical road trip with a 3-1 record by turning in the best — or perhaps the most fortunate, depending on the perspective — defensive performance any team has had against the Golden State Warriors in nearly a decade.

Al Jefferson had 30 points and 13 rebounds, Gerald Henderson added 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Bobcats blew past the Warriors 91-75 on Tuesday night in Kemba Walker’s much-anticipated return.

Charlotte, which shot 47.4 percent, held the Warriors to 31.2 percent shooting. It was the lowest shooting percentage Golden State has had since hitting only 27.5 percent from the floor in a 96-67 loss to Memphis on Nov. 12, 2004.

“We played well on the pick-and-roll, because those guys’ 3-point shots are like layups,” Jefferson said. “You had to make sure they saw a body on the pick-and-roll.”

Walker finished with seven points, seven assists and six rebounds after missing the last seven games with a sprained left ankle. He played 33 minutes, leaving with a cramp in his calf in the fourth quarter. He said he felt fine afterward and just needed to get adjusted to playing prolonged minutes again.

The point guard’s comeback, though, quickly became an afterthought.

The Bobcats controlled the game from the start, going ahead by 18 points late in the third quarter and 22 midway through the fourth to embarrass the Warriors on their home floor.

Stephen Curry had 17 points and 11 assists against his hometown team, Klay Thompson scored 12 and Andrew Bogut grabbed 15 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 4 of 20 from 3-point range. Golden State also has been held below 38 percent shooting from the floor in three of its past four games.

“We’ve got to find a way to get out of this,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “We are, right now, taking the life out of the building.”

The Warriors briefly gave their announced sellout crowd of 19,596 something to cheer when Marreese Speights made a half-court heave as the third quarter expired to slice Charlotte’s lead to 72-57. Any hope quickly faded when Anthony Tolliver hit a pair of 3-pointers to put the Bobcats up 78-60 with 9:51 remaining.

Jackson had publicly called out his team last month for playing down to its opponents too often this season, especially at home. Apparently, his players still haven’t received the message.

The Bobcats (22-28) swept the season series against the Warriors (29-20) after beating Golden State, 115-111, in Charlotte on Dec. 9. And out West, they outhustled and outshot the Warriors from the start.

Charlotte ran Golden State’s prolific shooters off the 3-point line, forcing them into difficult mid-range jumpers. The Bobcats were equally efficient on the offensive end, going ahead 26-13 after the first quarter.

The Warriors simply looked lost and lethargic. They hovered just above 20 percent shooting for most of the first half, and their usually loud crowd stayed mostly silent.

“Offensively, we were horrible all the way around,” said forward David Lee, held to eight points on 3-for-13 shooting.

The Bobcats went ahead 44-27 with 3:42 left in the second quarter and 51-39 at halftime. It was only the third time all season the Warriors had been held below 40 points in the first half.

Golden State trimmed Charlotte’s lead to eight early in the third quarter on Thompson’s 3-pointer. Clifford called timeout to regroup his players, who responded by building an 18-point lead before Speights hit a half-court shot as time expired to bring the Warriors to 72-57 entering the fourth.

That was pretty much the only celebration Charlotte allowed.

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