The Golden State Warriors were playing up-tempo basketball and not much defense the last time they beat the Philadelphia 76ers four straight times. Circumstances aren't so different now.
The resurgent Warriors look to extend their winning streak against the 76ers to four games for the first time in nearly 11 years as the teams meet on Saturday night.
Golden State beat Philadelphia four straight times from Nov. 25, 1995-Jan. 15, 1997. The Warriors scored at least 122 points in three of those contests while the Sixers had at least 111 in those same three games.
Golden State is averaging 105.3 points during its current three-game winning streak against Philadelphia. The Warriors (4-7) are second in the NBA this season at 107.6 points per game, but rank last in scoring defense at 110.5.
Baron Davis, the Warriors' leading scorer with 24.3 points, is coming off his best game of the season. He registered the seventh triple-double of his career with 33 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in a 123-115 win over Washington on Friday night.
Wizards forward Caron Butler also had a triple-double, making them the first opponents with triple-doubles in the same game since Orlando's Tracy McGrady and New Jersey's Jason Kidd did it on Feb. 23, 2003.
"Baron can do that every night as long as he keeps getting to the rack," said Warriors forward Al Harrington, who was back in the lineup Friday after missing one game for personal reasons. "The more games he has like that, the more games we're going to win."
The Warriors are 3-1 since Stephen Jackson returned from a seven-game suspension after pleading guilty to a felony count of criminal recklessness for firing a gun outside an Indiana strip club last fall. Jackson, who had a season-high 28 points against the Wizards, is averaging 20.8 points.
Davis, Jackson and the Warriors will be facing a Philadelphia team that has been strong on defense, holding opponents to 93.3 points per game. The Sixers (3-8), though, have lost two straight and are averaging just 89.2 points this season.
Philadelphia was held to fewer than 80 points for the third time this season, falling 83-78 to Detroit on Friday,
Andre Iguodala continues to be one of the few bright spots on offense for Philadelphia. He had 17 points and six assists, hitting a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 79-78 with less than 15 seconds to play.
He had a triple-double in his last game against Golden State, registering 25 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 102-101 loss on Feb. 2.
Kyle Korver, second on the Sixers with 14.4 points per game, has missed three straight contests with a groin strain. His status for Saturday's game is uncertain.
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