Dave Del Grande
Posted with permission from The Sports Xchange
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb combined for nine points in an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter Friday night that propelled the Charlotte Hornets to a stunning 111-100 victory against the Golden State Warriors.
The win was just the third of the season on the road for the Hornets, who were beaten 101-87 at home by the Warriors earlier this month.
The Hornets took a 79-75 lead into the final period, then were up 84-81 before Dwight Howard hit a jumper with 8:49 remaining to trigger the run.
Kaminsky and Lamb took it from there, with Kaminsky burying a 3-pointer among two hoops and Lamb turning a steal into a layup for one of his two baskets.
Lamb's interior score off a Howard assist put the Hornets up 95-81 with 6:34 to go, and the Warriors never got appreciably closer the rest of the way.
Howard had 29 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Hornets, who were opening a four-game tour of California. The double-double was his 20th of the season.
Howard went 10-for-15 from the field and made nine of his 12 foul shots, helping Charlotte gain a 23-12 edge in free throw points.
Kaminsky (14) and Lamb (11) were also among six Hornets scoring in double figures. Kemba Walker had eight of his 16 points in the final period. Nicolas Batum added 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12.
Kevin Durant buried four 3s among his 27 points for the Warriors, who had beaten the Hornets in seven straight meetings.
Klay Thompson, playing his 500th career game, added 24 points, while Draymond Green had a near-triple-double with 11 rebounds, 16 assists and eight points for Golden State, which was playing for the sixth time on a seven-game homestand.
The Hornets converted 10 Warriors turnovers into 15 points in the first half, which ended in a 53-all tie.
NOTES: Warriors coach Steve Kerr suffered the first loss of his career against Charlotte in eight meetings. ... The Warriors began the night with the best third-quarter point differential (plus-6.2) in the NBA. They were outscored 26-22 by the Hornets in the third. ... Hornets C Dwight Howard's 12 rebounds increased his career total to 12,521, the 19th-most in NBA history. Howard is now just 25 behind Charles Barkley on the all-time list. ... Howard had lost his previous nine games against the Warriors with three different teams (Houston 0-6, Atlanta 0-2, Charlotte 0-1). ... The Hornets began their Western swing tied with the New York Knicks for the fewest road games played this season (14) and fewest wins (two).