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Lee, Thompson help Warriors hold off Hornets 103-96 in return home

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    Golden State Warriors' David Lee (10) dribbles past New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press

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    New Orleans Hornets' Robin Lopez, left, battle for a rebound against Golden State Warriors' Festus Ezeli during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press

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    New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis (23) shoots between Golden State Warriors' David Lee, left, and Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press

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    New Orleans Hornets' Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press

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    New Orleans Hornets' Dominic McGuire (5) grabs a rebound next to Golden State Warriors' David Lee (10) and Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press

David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and the Golden State Warriors brought their surprising road run home with a 103-96 victory over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

After going 6-1 on the season's longest road stretch, the Warriors built a 14-point lead in the second quarter and held off the Hornets late. Golden State (17-8) is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season, when the team began 21-8.

Ryan Anderson scored 28 points off the bench and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 16 rebounds in his first start in a month for the Hornets, who lost their eighth straight and are the worst team in the Western Conference with a 5-19 record.