CHARLOTTE – Miles Bridges hooked up with 40 seconds left and Terry Rozier provided his own late-game exploits as the Charlotte Hornets ended the Golden State Warriors’ seven-game winning streak on Sunday.
Rozier closed the 106-102 home win for Charlotte (8-7) by beating Draymond Green in a decisive jump ball with 15 seconds on the clock. Three seconds later, shooting guard Hornet added two free throws as his team handed the Warriors (11-2) their first regulatory loss this season.
“We beat a team that is playing hard. We wanted to make sure everyone comes in here and feels us, ”Rozier said. “This team right there is the No. 1 defensive team in the league. They are very physical so we wanted to give the same back and we are happy that we got the victory.
Six Hornets doubled in the goalscoring category, beating the league’s top team for their third straight win after suffering a five-game slippage.
Bridges led the way for Charlotte with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Rozier made up for a scoreless first half by finishing with 20 points in the final 21 minutes of the game.
Little Golden State forward Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with 28 points and six rebounds.
Although he eventually calmed down after a 17-point first quarter where he connected on four to 3 points, LaMelo Ball provided 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in his 38 minutes of action.
“I felt like those tee shots were right there so I just shot them and they came in,” Ball said. “So the points came quickly and then after that I came back and it really wasn’t the score we needed. We needed ball movement, assists, rebounds etc. so I was trying to do anything to help the team win.
With PJ Washington out for her sixth game of the season with a lingering elbow injury, Charlotte once again relied on Kelly Oubre Jr., Cody Martin and Jalen McDaniels to recoup her missing bench minutes.
Oubre had 10 points and four rebounds before being ejected from the game after a double technique. Martin added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Charlotte held Golden State to just 14 points in the fourth quarter as seven-time NBA All-Star Stephen Curry struggled to find a rhythm on the court – the point guard registered 24 points in the game but failed was only 7 out of 22 in the field.
The Warriors made just 23.1% of their 3-point attempts (9 of 39), while the Hornets converted 38.9% of their long-range tries (14 of 36).
“We gave too many offensive rebounds and second chance points but I thought our team was really stuck on Steph and they did a great job not giving him anything easy,” Hornets coach James said. Borrego. “I thought our defensive effort tonight was huge for us to get the win.”
The Hornets will look to extend their four-game winning streak on Wednesday when they face the Washington Wizards (9-3) at home.