After watching his backcourt commit 11 turnovers in the game's first 42 minutes, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson decided he was giving the ball to his big men in crunch time Monday.
Andrew Bogut and David Lee scored eight of the team's final 13 points as the Warriors took care of business with a 93-72 victory over the Hornets in what set up as a classic trap game at the New Orleans Arena.
"When you look around this league, teams that wind up with big wins on one night, for whatever reason, have letdowns the next night. We see it every night," Jackson said. "We understood what we had to do coming in here. That didn't mean we were going to win, but if we were going to lose, we were going to lose with energy, effort and efficiency."
The Warriors showed a decent amount of energy and effort, playing a night after a 108-78 victory in Houston in perhaps the most important game of the season. But they didn't find the necessary efficiency to close out the scrappy Hornets (22-46) until the final six minutes.
Greivis Vasquez's three-pointer trimmed the Warriors' lead to 80-72 with 5:50 remaining, and then Jackson went inside again and again - for five consecutive possessions.
Bogut and Lee alternated scores on the next four offensive trips. Then Stephen Curry hit a three-pointer on a sequence that was initiated out of the post by Bogut, and the Warriors eventually ran away with a game in which they couldn't previously get much of a cushion.
While their offense started clicking, the Warriors' defense was making life miserable for New Orleans. The Hornets didn't score in the final 5:49 and totaled 11 points on 23.8 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors limited New Orleans to 33.7 percent shooting on the night and held back-to-back opponents to less than 80 points for the first time since 2004. They hadn't done that to consecutive road opponents since 2001, and the franchise had never won back-to-back road games by 20 points.


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