Back home in Charlotte, Curry carries Warriors past BobcatsBy John Delong, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Dec 10, 2012 10:50 PM EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Curry's homecoming turned out to be everything he hoped for. The Charlotte native made his only appearance of the season at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday night, and he led the Golden State Warriors to a 104-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Curry scored a game-high 27 points, including 15 in the third quarter, on a night when the Warriors led by as many as 21 points and held double-digit leads most of the way. He added seven rebounds and seven assists. Last season, Curry was injured and didn't play when the Warriors lost to the Bobcats in Charlotte, so Monday night provided the end of a long wait. "It was a good win for us, and it meant a lot to me," said Curry, a four-year veteran. "Coming back to Charlotte, my anticipation was high for this game and seeing my family, and our performance tonight was definitely icing on the cake. It was a good homecoming, coming back home." Coach Mark Jackson praised his guard, who played prep basketball at Charlotte Christian and then starred at nearby Davidson College. "It was a great homecoming," Jackson said. "The guy is playing at an elite level right now. We keep on talking about it, and sooner or later everybody's going to catch on. But he's a heckuva basketball player, playing healthy, defending. It's great for him. I've said it before, it's awesome to me to watch when the good guys win one, and he's certainly one of them." The win was the Warriors' fourth straight. Golden State (14-7) is now 4-0 on a seven-game, 11-day Eastern road trip that continues on with a game at Miami on Wednesday. Jackson said he was not surprised by his team's start or by its success so far on the road. "We came in and worked our tails off. We prepared ourselves for this season, and I didn't put any limitations on them," Jackson said. "Fourteen and seven, eight road wins, stellar play by individuals and great play by the group -- there's no limitations on this team. It's a wonderful thing when you get a bunch of guys committed and they buy in and nobody wants to let go of the rope. You can get a lot accomplished, and I'm extremely proud of these guys." David Lee added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, including 13 points in the first quarter when the Warriors hit 10 of their first 12 shots and bolted to a 38-23 lead. The Warriors also got 16 points from Carl Landry, 12 from Jarrett Jack and 10 from Klay Thompson. Lee was happy with the win but wasn't satisfied, especially with the way the Warriors failed to put the Bobcats away. Golden State led 93-74 after three quarters, and the Bobcats wound up getting as close as six in the final two minutes. "We're happy to win and get out of here, but at the same time, we know that kind of effort isn't going to be good enough against the Miami Heat or the Atlanta Hawks or Orlando again," Lee said. "We know we have a tough road ahead of us, but we take each game and we try to learn whether we play great or we play bad, we try to learn something from it and move on. Tonight I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half and then a poor job specifically in the fourth quarter." Jackson said, "That first half was a thing of beauty. We defended, we paid attention to detail, we executed. But I thought the second half we let our foot off the gas pedal on both sides of the basketball. But the first half was outstanding. We did everything we talked about doing." The Bobcats (7-13) suffered their eighth straight loss. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17, Ben Gordon 14, Byron Mullens 13 and Ramon Sessions 12. Coach Mike Dunlap pointed to the first quarter as the cause of Charlotte's demise. "What the team has to understand is that it's a four-quarter game," Dunlap said. "It's a 2 1/2-hour event. The education continues. If you're going to get popped that hard, with Golden State coming in hot, winning three in a row on the road and now four, we have to be ready to play. So while frustrating, the education continues." NOTES: Curry needed 73 tickets for friends and family. His father, Dell, the Bobcats' television analyst, got the job of sorting it all out before the game. ... The Warriors spent their off day on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium watching the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons. Curry counts Panthers running backs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams among his friends. ... The Warriors remain without Andrew Bogut (left ankle), Richard Jefferson (strained right calf) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL and MCL). ... Jeff Adrien was in uniform for the first time after signing with the Bobcats on Sunday, but he didn't play against Golden State. The Bobcats waived Cory Higgins to make room for Adrien, a 6-foot-7 forward. ... The Bobcats are still missing Tyrus Thomas (left calf strain).
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