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Howard leads Hornets past Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dwight Howard was so good Friday night against the defending NBA champs that acting Charlotte Hornets coach Stephen Silas rode him to the finish line of a 111-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

''He was great,'' Silas said after Howard scored a season-high 29 points. ''I couldn't take him out in the second half.''

The Hornets won just their third road game of the season.

''They've had a tough go this year,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''They came in and earned it. They took it to us.''

Charlotte, beginning a four-game road trip, arrived with a 2-12 record away from home.

''To get this win here against this team the first game of the road trip means a lot,'' Silas said. ''Hopefully, we can carry that forward.''

Six Hornets players scored in double figures, led by Howard, who also had 12 rebounds and seven assists.

The veteran big man had his way inside, especially when the Warriors tried to defend him with rookie Jordan Bell, who was giving up two inches and 40 pounds. ''Obviously, we didn't defend well in general,'' Kerr said. ''Jordan was overpowered.''

On the night before the Warriors expect Stephen Curry to return from his sprained right ankle, they lost for just the second time in their past 15 games. They are 9-2 without Curry.

''We've definitely been missing him,'' said Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points to lead the Warriors. ''We're going to definitely be a different team when he comes back.''

Klay Thompson scored 24, 13 of them in the first quarter. Draymond Green had eight points, 11 rebounds and tied his career high with 16 assists.

Kerr said the difference was an old story.

''Turnovers . they got 32 points off our turnovers, 18 of them,'' he said. ''What's discouraging is just so many of them feel careless and silly and pointless. Too many times we're going for the home run assist. We've got to just make simple passes and plays.''

The league's best third-quarter team, Golden State trailed 79-75 after the Hornets outscored them 26-22 in the third. Two nights earlier, the Warriors scored 42 third-quarter points to bury the Utah Jazz.

''We're not going to do that every third quarter,'' Kerr said. ''We didn't bring the juice.''

It didn't get any better for the league's defending champs.

Golden State got no closer than three points in the fourth quarter, and Charlotte's lead reached 95-81 when Jeremy Lamb scored a layup off a feed from Howard to cap an 11-0 run with 6:30 left.

CURRY'S RETURN: Kerr stopped short of a definitive promise that two-time MVP Curry will return Saturday night against Memphis after missing 11 games with a right ankle sprain. ''I would say most likely he'll play,'' Kerr said. ''We had a talk with him and he was feeling good. So we'll see how he's feeling (Saturday) morning.''

Kerr said Curry likely will have a minutes limit, adding just his presence is a boost to the team.

''When he's around, everybody feels better,'' Kerr said. ''It's good to have him in the building, but it's more fun to have him on the floor.''

TIP-INS

Hornets: Guard Kemba Walker, who leads the team with a 21.6 scoring average, entered Friday's game mired in a bit of a shoot slump. He made just 37.7 percent from the field the previous eight games, including 29.5 percent on 3-pointers. He made just two of his first 12 against the Warriors, but warmed up to score 16 points.

Warriors: Kerr seconded Green's endorsement of Kevin Durant as a possible Defensive Player of the Year. ''To be mentioned in that conversation is a huge testament to the work he's put in and what he means to our team,'' Kerr said. Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champ, has blocked at least two shots in 10 consecutive games . F Omri Casspi sat out two days after spraining his right ankle against Utah. ''It's not too bad. There's not much swelling,'' said Kerr, adding that Casspi could play Saturday against Memphis, but no later than Wednesday at Dallas.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Visit Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Warriors: Host Memphis on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
K. Durant
35 SF
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
26.1 Pts. Per Game 26.1
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
41.7 Field Goal % 50.0
41.8 Three Point % 50.5
84.9 Free Throw % 88.9
+ 2 Shaun Livingston made running Jump Shot 0:15
  Traveling violation turnover on Dwight Howard 0:18
+ 2 Kevon Looney made driving layup 0:37
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:48
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:48
  Shooting foul on Jordan Bell 0:48
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 1:02
  Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:22
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 1:22
  Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala 1:22
Team Stats
Points 111 100
Field Goals 41-89 (46.1%) 40-87 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 23-34 (67.6%) 12-13 (92.3%)
Total Rebounds 59 48
Offensive 13 8
Defensive 34 35
Team 12 5
Assists 27 32
Steals 12 6
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 10 17
Fouls 10 25
Technicals 2 0
29 PTS, 13 REB, 7 AST
8 PTS, 11 REB, 16 AST
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away team logo Hornets 13-22 32212632111
home team logo Warriors 28-8 29242225100
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 13-22 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Warriors 28-8 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Durant SF 26.4 PPG 6.8 RPG 5.4 APG 51.6 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Howard C 29 PTS 13 REB 7 AST
K. Durant SF 27 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
46.1 FG% 46.0
30.0 3PT FG% 36.4
67.6 FT% 92.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 40 29 13 7 2 0 4 1 10/15 0/0 9/12 6 7 54 +9
K. Walker 35 16 5 5 3 2 1 1 5/16 3/9 3/4 0 5 35 +11
N. Batum 31 15 4 6 1 0 3 2 6/10 2/4 1/2 0 4 29 +5
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 25 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 5/12 0/0 2/4 2 0 16 0
M. Williams 22 0 5 1 1 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 9 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 40 29 13 7 2 0 4 1 10/15 0/0 9/12 6 7 54 +9
K. Walker 35 16 5 5 3 2 1 1 5/16 3/9 3/4 0 5 35 +11
N. Batum 31 15 4 6 1 0 3 2 6/10 2/4 1/2 0 4 29 +5
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 25 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 5/12 0/0 2/4 2 0 16 0
M. Williams 22 0 5 1 1 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 9 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 25 14 6 3 2 1 0 1 5/8 1/2 3/5 0 6 29 +7
J. Lamb 22 11 6 1 1 2 0 1 4/13 0/3 3/4 2 4 22 +11
T. Graham 16 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/5 0/1 2/3 2 1 11 +6
J. O'Bryant 7 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +2
M. Carter-Williams 12 2 1 3 2 0 2 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 1 9 0
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Monk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 47 27 12 6 10 10 41/89 6/20 23/34 13 34 220 +55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 33 27 4 6 0 0 3 3 8/19 4/5 7/7 0 4 40 -6
K. Thompson 36 24 3 2 0 0 2 3 10/20 3/7 1/2 0 3 29 -6
S. Livingston 23 12 1 2 0 0 1 1 5/7 0/0 2/2 1 0 16 -8
D. Green 33 8 11 16 0 3 5 2 4/11 0/2 0/0 4 7 49 -9
Z. Pachulia 13 0 7 0 1 0 1 4 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 7 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 33 27 4 6 0 0 3 3 8/19 4/5 7/7 0 4 40 -6
K. Thompson 36 24 3 2 0 0 2 3 10/20 3/7 1/2 0 3 29 -6
S. Livingston 23 12 1 2 0 0 1 1 5/7 0/0 2/2 1 0 16 -8
D. Green 33 8 11 16 0 3 5 2 4/11 0/2 0/0 4 7 49 -9
Z. Pachulia 13 0 7 0 1 0 1 4 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 7 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. West 15 10 6 0 1 1 1 2 5/7 0/0 0/0 0 6 17 -9
J. Bell 19 8 5 2 2 1 1 2 3/7 0/1 2/2 1 4 19 +5
N. Young 15 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 2/7 1/5 0/0 0 0 4 +5
K. Looney 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +2
P. McCaw 19 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 7 -19
A. Iguodala 27 2 6 2 1 0 2 4 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 5 11 -3
J. McGee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 100 43 32 6 5 17 25 40/87 8/22 12/13 8 35 201 -55