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Warriors 93, Hornets 72

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NEW ORLEANS - Stephen Curry scored a game-high 30 points and David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds - his 45th double-double of the season - to power the Golden State Warriors to a 93-72 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Monday night at the New Orleans Arena.

In winning their second game in as many nights, the Warriors (39-30) used a 26-14 second quarter to take command and led by as many as 13 points, 78-65, with 7:44 left on Curry's 29-foot 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Ryan Anderson, who led the Hornets (22-46) with 21 points, scored off an offensive rebound and Anthony Davis added a tip-in to draw New Orleans within 78-69, and New Orleans got as close at 80-72 with 5:50 remaining on Greivis Vasquez's 3-pointer.

But Golden State ran off 13 consecutive points, capped by Curry's sixth 3-pointer of the game, to pull away.

Curry was 6-of-9 from long range and was 10-of-19 overall.

The Warriors used a 19-4 run over the final 9:07 of the second quarter to erase a 32-26 deficit and grab a 45-36 halftime lead. The Hornets went 11 consecutive possessions without scoring and scored just two points in the final 5:49 of the second quarter.

Curry, who had 16 first-half points, hit two mid-range jumpers during the run, and Jarrett Jack and Lee added four points each.

The Warriors shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

Despite shooting only 37 percent, the Hornets hung close in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 62-55 on Anderson's 3-pointer from the right side of the key. But Klay Thompson nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing, and the Warriors led 69-61 after three quarters.

NOTES: Warriors coach Mark Jackson was pleased to start a three-game road trip on Sunday night with a 30-point win over the Rockets, but he insisted "we have to be greedy." Jackson was especially happy with center Andrew Bogut's 12 rebounds and three blocked shots against Houston. "He reads the possession," Jackson said. "He reads the play, and what he has is great size and great length and a knack to go after the basketball. Great shot blockers have that, and when his body's live, you can see just how good he's been in the past, and how good he's going to be for us."... The Hornets started Roger Mason at shooting guard and had Vasquez, who played 39 minutes in a 97-95 loss at Minnesota on Sunday night, coming off the bench. "I'm going to try to watch Greivis' minutes," coach Monty Williams said... The Hornets signed guard Terrel Harris to a second 10-day contract... Williams said first overall pick Anthony Davis has a few holes in his game - such as hitting a consistent jumper - but he loves the way he has improved since the All-Star break. "He's getting better, there's no question about it," Williams said. "The more we bring him along at a proper rate, he's going to get more and more comfortable. He's so young. He just turned 20, but he looks like he's 17. We feel like he's going to get better once his shot becomes more consistent. He runs the floor, he attacks the glass. As he gets stronger, all these things are going to come into play."
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