NBA: Warriors bounce back with win over Hornets
Kevin Durant scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors rebounded from an upset loss to the Miami Heat with a 113-103 NBA victory over the Hornets in Charlotte on Wednesday.
The Warriors trailed by 10 halfway through the third quarter and were down by five going into the final period.
But an impeccable finish lifted the Warriors to a league-leading 39th victory of the season in 46 games, with Durant playing a key role.
He gave Golden State the lead for good with 5:25 remaining, draining two free-throws to make it 95-94.
Golden State out-scored the Hornets 22-9 over the final six minutes.
NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry was also outstanding in his annual visit to his hometown, finishing with 28 points.
Curry drained two three-pointers in the final four minutes, and his long-range effort with 1:08 to play stretched the Warriors lead to 12 points.
Klay Thompson added 19 points and Draymond Green contributed 13 for the Warriors.