(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors will try to end a three-game
losing streak Saturday night when they visit the Big Easy to face the suddenly
hot New Orleans Hornets.
The Warriors have not just dropped three in a row, but five of their last six.
They fell Friday night, 95-88 in San Antonio to the Spurs, but did so without
the services of Stephen Curry, who missed his second straight game with a
sprained right ankle.
David Lee, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack, who started in place of Curry, all
scored over 20, and Carl Landry added 15. Golden State took a one-point lead
into the half, but the dynamic duo of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan carried the
Spurs to victory in the second half.
"We competed. We competed on the defensive end. We took care of the
basketball. We executed offensively," said head coach Mark Jackson. "They (the
Spurs) made some tough plays. They have a history of doing just that. I'm
disappointed in the loss, but at the same time I really like the way my team
got after it."
The Warriors, who are 6-3 when playing the back end of a back-to-back, will
conclude their short road jaunt Saturday night in New Orleans.
The Hornets come home the winners of two straight after consecutive road
victories over the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. New Orleans has won
six of its last seven, including three in a row at home.
"If you look at our record, we're in no position to laud or get happy about a
couple of wins," head coach Monty Williams said. "We've got a lot of work to
True, but the Hornets have improved, especially on the offensive end. During
this seven-game stretch, New Orleans averaged 96.2 ppg, which is up four
points than its season average.
Against the Celtics, the Hornets were led by Al-Farouq Aminu, who had 18
points, and Robin Lopez, who scored 17. Greivis Vasquez and Anthony Davis
registered double-doubles, with Vasquez netting 15 and 11 boards and Davis
with 10 of each.
Eric Gordon had the night off against the Celtics after playing the night
before in Philadelphia. The Hornets are trying to maintain Gordon's knees, but
his presence in the lineup has paid huge dividends for the team. In two
injury-plagued seasons, the Hornets are 10-4 with Gordon in the lineup. He is
expected to be in uniform against the Warriors.
The Warriors have won two in a row in New Orleans and knocked off the Hornets,
103-96 on Dec. 18 in Oakland. Golden State is 5-3 against the Hornets in their
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