Warriors blown out by last-place Hornets

March 29, 2012, 4:45 am
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Hornets 102, Warriors 87Player of the game: Former Warrior Marco Belinelli had a big night for the Hornets, scoring 22 points, handing out six assists and picking up three steals.Belinelli played two years for the Warriors from 2007 through 2009 before being traded to the Toronto Raptors for Devean George.Key stretch: The Hornets opened the second quarter by going on a 12-2 run behind a couple of buckets by Greivas Vasquez and Carl Landry to open up a 39-26 lead. By halftime the lead was 17 and it was never too close after that.Robinson-for-Jenkins, Jenkins-for-Robinson: Nate Robinson returned to the starting lineup for Wednesdays game, but he didnt appear to have it, at least not in the first half. Robinson strained his right hamstring on Saturday against the Kings and hadnt played since.In his absence, Charles Jenkins had handled the point guard responsibilities, and he scored a career-high 27 points on Sunday against Portland.Robinson went scoreless (0-for-5 from the field) in 14 first-half minutes, and apparently coach Mark Jackson had seen enough. Jenkins started the second half in Robinsons place.Robinson eventually checked in late in the third quarter.

Troubling half: The Warriors didnt have much to be proud of in the first half. They couldnt put the ball in the hole, couldnt stop the Hornets and turned the ball over too much.New Orleans went into intermission shooting 63 percent from the field, while the Warriors shot just 42 percent. Outside of Lee, who was 5-for-10 from the field in the half, no Warriors player made a significant contribution on the offensive end.Rush had nine points in the first half, but he managed only three shots from the field and wasnt a big part of things. Or at least not as big a part of things as he was against the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday, when he scored 23 points in Golden States 104-101 loss.The Warriors committed 10 turnovers in the first half, and so when they went into the locker room down 57-40, its no wonder they were accompanied by a heavy chorus of boos.The 10 turnovers were particularly troubling because the Warriors committed only five turnovers against the Lakers on Tuesday. That equaled a franchise-low.

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