OAKLAND: Chris Paul scored 38 points to lead five New Orleans starters in double figures and the Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors 123-110 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.
Paul shot 14 for 19 from the field, made all nine of his free-throw tries, dished out nine assists and grabbed six rebounds. Marcus Thornton added 18 points, David West 17 points and 12 rebounds and Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 12 boards for the Hornets, who are 11-4 in January and won three of four on this road trip.
Monta Ellis returned for Golden State after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle and had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds. He had been averaging 30.7 points over his previous 16 outings.
Stephen Curry had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds and C.J. Watson scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for the Warriors, who looked sluggish for much of the night playing the second game of a back-to-back. Many of the 16,308 fans in attendance started making for the exits midway through the fourth quarter.
Corey Maggette scored 14 a night after he was both whistled for a costly technical in the waning seconds and yelled and pointed at coach Don Nelson in the Warriors' 99-96 loss at Sacramento. Maggette struggled mightily Tuesday, missing his first 15 shots before making a jumper in the fourth quarter. He shot 3 of 22 overall.
He went 5 for 13 Wednesday for Golden State, which tried to rally in the fourth quarter but was too late after falling behind by as many as 24. The Warriors lost their third straight, fourth in five and seventh in the last nine.
The Hornets made it a season sweep of Golden State after also beating the Warriors 108-102 at home on Dec. 23 for their first game with 100 or more points in more than a month.
Next up for the Warriors is at meeting with former disgruntled swingman Stephen Jackson, who returns to Oracle Arena for the first time with the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Jackson demanded a trade before the season and finally got his wish in November.
"I'll be looking forward to seeing him," Nelson said. "He's a good friend. We split company and it had nothing to do our friendship. I'm not surprised at all (he's doing so well). He's a heck of a basketball player."
Curry's father, Dell, will broadcast the game for the Bobcats.
New Orleans improved to 2-4 on the road against the Pacific Division and 9-16 away from home overall.
NOTES: Paul committed seven turnovers. ... Curry was named to the All Star Game's Rookie Challenge on Wednesday. ... The Hornets had been outrebounded in seven of their previous nine games (442-382) but held a 46-31 advantage over the Warriors. ... Golden State signed F Anthony Tolliver to a second and final 10-day contract. He scored 11 points off the bench. ... Hornets reserve F James Posey strained his right Achilles' tendon in the second quarter and didn't return.