NEW ORLEANS -- The folks from ABC highlighted a dichotomy in the Warriors' team stats during their broadcast Sunday: The fact that Golden State is second among 30 NBA teams in terms of hoisting 3-point shots, but only 20th in terms of making them.
Clearly, New Orleans coach Byron Scott was already aware of that fact. Continuing a trend seen earlier on this road trip in losses at San Antonio and Dallas, Scott's Hornets sat back Sunday and all but dared the Warriors to gun themselves to victory from long range.
Instead, Golden State uncorked its worst 3-point shooting of the season, an appalling 3-for-29 showing that cemented a 108-96 defeat to the Hornets and dealt another crunching blow to the Warriors' playoff hopes.
Baron Davis was 1-for-8, Al Harrington 1-for-7, Kelenna Azubuike 1-for-6 and Stephen Jackson 0-for-6 on treys as the Warriors concluded their final long road trip at 1-3 and failed to capitalize further on a pair of surprising losses by Denver, which is now tied with Golden State for eighth place in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets fell to Sacramento on Saturday night and Seattle, in double-overtime, on Sunday night.
"The last three good teams that we played, I think that's what they challenged us (to do), saying, 'If these guys are going to beat us, they're going to beat us shooting the long ball,' " Harrington said. "Last time we played here, we made 13 (3-pointers), and obviously, if we made 13 today, we'd walk out of here smiling."
Monta Ellis blew past the 30-point mark for the 12th time this season before finishing with 35 points, four off his career high, in addition to 10 rebounds and four steals, but it made no difference.
Andris Biedrins' 17 points and 15 rebounds also went by the boards.
"Well, it's a bright spot in kind of a gloomy game for us," Warriors coach Don Nelson said of Ellis. "I thought we should have even had the ball more in his hands than we did, because he was really effective. ... In the open court, we would have like to have had him run some more screen-and-rolls. He was unstoppable tonight."
The Warriors never led in the second half, and on the two post-intermission occasions where they tied the score -- at 69-all with 5:55 left in the third quarter and 90-all with 8:06 remaining in the fourth -- New Orleans immediately countered with a long scoring runs to re-establish control.
Hornets guard Chris Paul recorded his first triple-double in more than two years with 16 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and he broke the final tie with a clutch 3-pointer from the top of the key.
That led to a 15-2 Hornets burst, highlighted by seven points from David West and a 3-pointer from Peja Stojakovic, each of whom tallied 25 points on the day.
Golden State led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but a 13-2 run highlighted by nine consecutive points from backup guard Jannero Pargo got a sellout crowd of 17,809 at the New Orleans Arena back into the swing of things.