Golden State hold off Hornets for win

Last updated 20:28 19/12/2012

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The Golden State Warriors staved off a late fourth-quarter challenge to beat New Orleans Hornets 103-96 for a successful home return.

David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds while Klay Thompson added 19 points as the Warriors triumphed in their first game at Oracle Arena since a recent seven-game road trip that saw them finish 6-1.

Despite Golden State controlling the Hornets for most of the night, New Orleans made a furious run in the fourth to tie the game 92-92 with about four minutes remaining.

Jarrett Jack responded with six free throws during a game-deciding 9-2 stretch to help Golden State continue their sparkling start to the season.

One of the younger teams in the league, few expected the Warriors to open the campaign with a 17-8 record and they are now just 1 1/2 games behind the Pacific Division lead.

The Hornets (5-19) have lost eight straight, despite getting 28 points off the bench from Ryan Anderson in their latest defeat. 

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- Reuters

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