The Golden State Warriors kept it close for the better part of three quarters Wednesday night, but the Charlotte Hormets pulled away down the stretch, handing the Dubs their fourth straight loss, 106-91.
Devonte Graham made 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points as the Hornets spoiled D'Angelo Russell's return to the court.
Graham was 10 of 16 from beyond the arc and also dished out nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Hornets (9-14), who stopped a two-game slide.
Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Hornets built a 19-point, second-half lead and hung on.
Russell finished with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes after missing the last nine games with a right thumb sprain.
Russell did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 15 points.
He started to heat up in the second quarter, scoring eight points on three straight possessions. He beat Graham with a quick drive from the wing and drew a foul for a three-point play, knocked down a 3 from the top of the key and then scored on another drive down the middle of the lane to help the Warriors claw back to within four at halftime.
The Warriors (4-19) have lost four straight on their current road trip.