After losing ugly in Dallas, the Warriors took back some dignity with an exciting road win against one of the best teams in the Western Conference. It was the Warriors' scrappy defense, holding the Hornets to 36% shooting, that made this gritty road win possible.
Every Golden State player Don Nelson inserted into the game played with high energy and gave the best defensive effort I've seen all season. My player of the game award goes to Corey Maggette, who finished with 19 and caught fire in forth quarter to close out the game.
Chris Paul scored 31 points, but none of his team mates were able share the offensive burden. The best way to defend the Hornets is make Chris Paul an outside shooter and let him score, rather than give up dribble penetration and open three point looks or alley-oops. The Hornets certainly missed Tyson Chandler (left ankle), but the Warriors executed fantastically on defense. And I'd willing to bet that this win coupled with the return of Ellis may push the Warriors into a nice groove.
The All Star reserves have just come out and I'm glad to see 'Warriors killer' Jameer Nelson make the team. He was a top notch college player at St. John's, and has developed into a solid NBA player. I'm not disgruntled about the Warriors-free West All-Star roster, but if Anthony Morrow doesn't make the three point shootout, I'm not watching it.