Player of the game: Warriors power forward David Lee was the picture of efficiency, making 10 of 14 shots, and scoring 25 points in 36 minutes. Lee also had 11 rebounds.
The win makes the Warriors 4-0 on their current seven-game road trip, ensuring a winning trip.
“That’s big,” guard Stephen Curry said. “It seems like every win we break a record from a Warriors team past. We have three tough games coming up (Miami, Orlando, Atlanta) – top tier teams -- and we have to keep that energy level and consistency. We’d like to go 7-0. You never know what can happen.”
Key stretch: Midway through the third quarter, Charlotte made a modest run and cut the Warriors’ lead to 65-54. But the Warriors, bettering their shot selection and once again tightening their defense, gradually pulled away and took a 93-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In complete control: The Warriors led 58-40 at halftime, and you couldn’t ask them to play much better. Golden State held the Bobcats to 31.7 percent from the field in the first half and forced 10 turnovers.
The Warriors, on the other hand, shot 53.4 percent from the field in the first half and turned the ball over just five times. Lee was the most efficient Warrior in the first 24 minutes, scoring 17 points on just nine shots (7-for-9 from field).
“That first half was a thing of beauty,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We defended, we paid attention to detail and we executed. … That first half was outstanding. We had multiple-effort plays and rebounded the basketball -- everything we talked about.”
Curry’s homecoming: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was back in his hometown for Monday’s game. Curry grew up in Charlotte and went to nearby Davidson College.
Curry, who purchased 73 tickets for friends and family, finished with 27 points and seven assists. It was Curry’s eighth consecutive game with 20 points or more.
Curry did not play last season in Charlotte when the Bobcats beat the Warriors 112-100 on Jan. 14. That win was the only win for the Bobcats last year during a 23-game span which went from early January to mid-February.
Curry missed the game last year because of a sprained right ankle.
“You still keep it a business trip once the game starts,” Curry said. “Thankfully we played well and now I can enjoy them till we leave for Miami (on Wednesday).”
Great start: To say the Warriors were clicking early would be an understatement. The Warriors jumped on the Bobcats to the tune of an 18-7 lead early, and by the six-minute mark of the first quarter they already had rolled up 22 points.
Golden State knocked down 13 of their first 16 shots and were up 38-23 at the end of one period. It was the most points the Warriors have scored in a first quarter this season.
Lee was up to his old – or should we say recent – tricks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field.