Sizzling Stephen Curry can't get Warriors past Bobcats

  • Golden State Warriors' David Lee, center, loses the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts, left, and Al Jefferson, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker loves a good challenge. So when Stephen Curry started lighting it up Monday night in his homecoming game, Walker decided it was time to match him.

The other eight players might as well have been on the bench watching in the final few minutes, when Walker scored Charlotte's final 15 points to lead the Bobcats to a 115-111 victory over Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Walker finished with 31 points — 27 in the second half — while battling neck and neck with Curry, who finished with a season-high 43 points, 32 of them coming in the second half including 19 in the final quarter.

When it was suggested it was like watching a pair of heavyweight champions going at it, teammate Gerald Henderson looked over at his 6-foot-1, 184-pound teammate and cracked, "Well, maybe a featherweight championship fight."

Walker just smiled and shook his head, perhaps too tired to fire back a witty volley after spending the night fighting through screens and chasing Curry around the court.

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