Hornets 102, Warriors 84
New Orleans took an 18-point lead when Davis found Augmon for consecutive fast-break layups, once off a steal and once on a long pass after a rebound to make it 72-54. Davis finished with four steals.
New Orleans finished the Warriors off with an 8-0 run that included Magloire’s dunk as he was fouled, and a fast-break layup by Davis off a behind-the-back pass from David Wesley for a 95-79 lead with just over four minutes left.
Richardson led Golden State with 18 points. He had one of the more impressive baskets of the night in the third quarter when he soared over Davis, grabbed a miss with one hand and stuffed it.
Reserve Tory Murphy added 15 points, hitting his first seven shots before missing his last. Erick Dampier had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Golden State (25-40) likely will miss the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, which would tie the Dallas Mavericks (1991-2000) for the league’s second-longest streak behind the Clippers’ 15-year drought from 1977 through 1991.
The Warriors were playing the second of back-to-back games after losing 99-74 at San Antonio a night earlier, and the Hornets didn’t need long to put the Warriors in yet another double-digit hole.
Davis, who had 10 points in the first quarter, soared through the lane for a follow dunk and soon after hit a pair of 3-pointers, the second giving New Orleans a 21-9 lead. Just before the close of the period, Davis intercepted a pass at midcourt and underhanded an alley-oop pass to David West, making it 35-22.
The Hornets had 50 points with almost seven minutes left in the first half after West converted another alley-oop, this time from George Lynch. New Orleans was shooting nearly 65 percent at that point, well above its 42 percent rate for the season. The Hornets finished at 56 percent.
Reserve guard Avery Johnson, a New Orleans native, scored eight points in the second quarter for Golden State, and his running left-handed floater off the glass cut the Hornets’ lead to 58-48 at halftime. Johnson finished with 10points.
Davis had nine rebounds, just missing his first triple-double of the season. He has 21 double-doubles. … J.R. Bremer, in his second game since signing a 10-day contract with Golden State on Thursday, scored his first points for the team on a layup late in the third quarter. He struggled otherwise, going 2-for-12 from the field—including 0-for-7 on 3-pointers—in19 minutes.