One of the highest scoring teams in the NBA meets one of the lowest Saturday night when the Golden State Warriors continue their five-game road trip against the New Jersey Nets, a team they have not beaten on the road in almost 11 years.
The Warriors (15-11) are ranked second in the league in scoring, averaging 108.8 points. However, they are also one of the worst defensive squads, allowing 107.0 points per game.
The Nets (11-15) average only 91.6 points to rank among the lowest scoring teams in the league.
Golden State is hoping for a third straight offensive outburst against a team with a losing record. It won 111-98 at league-worst Minnesota on Wednesday two days after a 125-117 win at Memphis. Al Harrington scored 25 points Wednesday as the Timberwolves rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit.
"Everybody had something to say," Harrington said. "For us to be the team we want to be, we can't lose these games. No disrespect to them, but they're the worst team in the league. We feel that we're one of the top 10 teams in the league."
The Warriors are 2-1 on a trip that opened with a 109-87 loss at Detroit on Sunday. They close out the stretch, which matches their longest of the season, at Cleveland on Sunday.
Harrington, who is fourth on the team with 14.4 points per game, has been a key factor in the Warriors' last three wins, averaging 21.3 points with a 55.0 shooting percentage (22-for-40). He managed only seven points in the lone loss in that span on Sunday to the Pistons.
Harrington scored 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the Warriors' 110-109 home win over New Jersey on Jan. 24, as the teams split the two-game season series.
Golden State has dropped nine games in a row at New Jersey, since winning 117-108 on Feb. 28, 1997. It has won only two of the last nine matchups overall.
The Nets, winners of only two of their last eight games, will try to build on a 107-103 overtime win at Miami on Thursday in which they produced their second highest point total of the season. They opened 2007-08 with a 112-103 overtime victory against Chicago and have only topped the century mark eight more times, including Thursday.
Despite its losing record, New Jersey has also excelled in close games this season, winning eight of 11 contests decided by five points or less.
"We are a better team than our record is showing," Nets swingman Vince Carter said.
Carter, second on the team with 21.2 points per game, scored 31 points against the Heat, sinking all 10 of his free throws. He's scored 30 points or more in four of his last seven games after reaching that total only once in his first 14 games.
New Jersey might be without Antoine Wright, who suffered an undisclosed right leg injury against Miami. The forward jumped for a rebound and came down awkwardly before leaving the game. He averages 8.8 points in mostly a reserve role.
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