NEW ORLEANS -- It didn't have the emotion, or the intensity. It certainly lacked the playoff feel.
But the Warriors' 93-72 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday was of similar importance.
"We understood what we had to do coming in here," coach Mark Jackson said. "We did those things and came up with a big win. We came up with a real big win."
Now the Warriors, having handled business, head to San Antonio on Wednesday with a chance to punctuate an already successful trip. The Warriors haven't beaten the Spurs, a potential first-round playoff matchup, in San Antonio since 1994.
Knocking off the lowly Hornets didn't produce the same euphoria as Sunday's 30-point win over nemesis Houston. But Monday's win was a statement in its own right.
Golden State avoided a letdown and a won a game it should have. And the way the Warriors did it, with suffocating defense, suggests they are righting the ship just in time for the stretch run.
The Warriors (39-30) held the Hornets, playing without leading scorer Eric Gordon (knee) to 33.7 percent shooting. New Orleans managed just 14 points in the second quarter and 11 in the fourth.
It was the first time Golden State held consecutive opponents below 80 points since March 2004. The Warriors hadn't done such in back-to-back road games since November 2001.
"We shot 33 percent," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said, shaking his head as he stared at a stats sheet. "That's a tough, tough way to lose a game."
Center Andrew Bogut put together his second consecutive impressive game. He not only anchored the defense but also was a factor on the offensive end, so much so that Jackson put the ball in his hands down the stretch.
"We are a dynamic team with him in there," forward Carl Landry said.
Golden State warmed up in the second quarter, on both ends of the court. But turnovers -- six of them in the second -- prevented them from taking full advantage.
The Warriors defense held the Hornets to 31.8 percent shooting in the second quarter and forced seven turnovers. Bogut thwarted a three-on-one fast break by himself, preventing New Orleans from getting a shot off and prompting a three-seconds violation.
The Warriors trailed 34-30 when they put together a string of 13 straight points. A layup by forward David Lee capped a 15-2 run to close the half and send Golden State into the locker room up 45-36.
Golden State's lead never got lower than seven points in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth, the Warriors pulled away. Up 80-72, a pair of Lee free throws were followed by a lefty hook from Bogut out of a post-up.
Lee then put the Warriors up 86-72 with a 16-footer. The next time down, the Warriors went back to Bogut, and he went back to the lefty hook, methodically backing down the defender before dropping it in from 11 feet.
The next possession, Stephen Curry, who scored 30 points, pushed the run to 11-0 with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:53 left, to seal the game. New Orleans went the final 5:49 without a point.
"Our defense was pretty good," Lee said after totaling 20 points and 11 rebounds for his league-leading 45th double-double. "I kept us with a lead. ... I thought that was one of our better jobs of executing down the stretch."
Rookie forward Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick, had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds in 32 minutes.
Warriors (39-30) at San Antonio (51-16), 5:30 p.m. CSNBA
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