Sam Sharpe, USA Today Sports

Golden State eases past the Charlotte Hornets

Golden State won its 20th straight game of the season in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE - Golden State improved to 20-0 on the season with a convincing, 116-99, win over Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday night. The Warriors were led by 40 points from reigning MVP Stephen Curry, whose father, Dell Curry, was honored by the Hornets at halftime.

Nicolas Batum finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets. Batum was the only starter for Charlotte to score in double-figures. 

Frank Kaminsky came off the bench to score a career-best 16 points. Jeremy Lamb added 13 off the bench, and Spencer Hawes finished with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting along with five rebounds. 

Charlotte was ahead, 9-7, less than three minutes in the game before the defending NBA Champions went on an 11-0 run to take control. Klay Thompson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first quarter. 

The Hornets were playing their first game with Al Jefferson, and it showed. Golden State dominated Charlotte on the boards by a 53-41 margin while also making 52.3 percent of its shots from the field. The Warriors made 16-of-34 three-pointers.

Trailing by nine at the half, Charlotte was down by eight with 5:11 to go in the third quarter. Golden State then went on a, 21-8, run to remove any doubt in the outcome.

With the loss, Charlotte concluded its seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record. The Hornets travel to Chicago Saturday with a 10-8 record. Charlotte trails Miami by one game in the Southeastern Conference.