Kings, Warriors Seek Fourth Straight Win
Posted Nov 16 2006 11:07AM
NBA.com Daily Confidential
It's been a while since the Golden State Warriors last won five straight at home.
The surging Warriors look to match their longest home winning streak in nearly two years when they host the equally hot Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena on Thursday.
Thanks to the play of veteran guard Baron Davis, Golden State (5-3) remained perfect on its season-long seven-game homestand after a 110-99 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Davis posted his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 assists in 44 minutes.
``I didn't really want to play him that many minutes, but it's probably the only way I can win right now,'' Warriors coach Don Nelson said. ``He's our most dominant guy.''
Davis hasn't played more than 67 games in any season since 2002-03 because of a variety of injuries. He leads the Warriors with 20.4 points and 7.9 assists this season, is averaging 22.6 points at home, where Golden State is 4-1, and 26.0 points during its three-game overall winning streak.
Despite shooting 41.6 percent from the field for the season, Davis scored 11 points during an 18-3 Golden State rally against the Raptors. He also scored seven points in two minutes during the fourth quarter to give his team the lead.
``I was just trying to push it through,'' Davis said. ``I knew I was going to have to push the ball and feed off my teammates.''
Davis is averaging 18.6 points in 12 career games against Sacramento, his second-highest average against any team he's played more than five games against. He had 25 points and 16 assists in his only game against the Kings last season, a 113-106 win on Nov. 30, 2005.
Golden State last won five straight home games from Mar. 25-Apr. 8, 2005. The Warriors had a season-high four-game home winning streak last season that included the win over the Kings.
Sacramento (5-2) will try for its fifth straight win that would match a season high from 2005-06. The Kings finished off a 4-0 homestand with a 115-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Mike Bibby scored a season-high 32 points and had 10 assists as the Kings tied the Los Angeles Clippers for first in the Pacific Division. Four Kings finished in double figures as the team shot 55.0 percent (11-for-20) from 3-point range.
Ron Artest, who has been suffering back spasms, is expected to play Thursday after scoring 19 points off the bench. Artest rode on an exercise bike to stay loose before the game.
``I thought he just went to the bathroom,'' Martin said. ``You know Ron. You never know what he's going to do.''
The Kings are allowing 92.5 points a game while averaging 103.5 during their four-game winning streak. They last lost 104-91 at Milwaukee on Nov. 4.
The teams split the four-game season series in 2005-06.
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