Saturday, March 2, 7:00 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
33-26 (2nd Pacific, 6th West)
22-34 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet & NBA TV Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: S. CURRY | K. THOMPSON | H. BARNES | D. LEE | A. BIEDRINS
The Sixers try to avoid an eighth consecutive loss on Saturday night when the slumping Golden State Warriors look to end their trip on a positive note.
Standing in the Sixers' way on Saturday will be a Warriors team currently sixth in the West.
"They're one of the surprise teams this year," head coach Doug Collins said after Friday's practice. "(Coach) Mark Jackson has done a nice job with them."
Golden State (33-26), though, is winless since opening its five-game trip on Sunday with a third consecutive victory, 100-99 over Minnesota.
"I give them credit, they defended, but we missed shots," Jackson after the Warriors had their second-worst shooting performance of the season (34.0 percent) in Friday's 94-86 loss to Boston.
Point guard Stephen Curry missed 16 of 22 field-goal attempts, but he hit all 10 of his free throws to finish with 25 points. Two days earlier, Curry had career highs of 11 3-pointers and 54 points in a 109-105 loss to New York.
Collins raved about that effort - that came as no surprise as he's watched his team shoot 41.4 percent and average 88.3 points since its last win - but he's equally concerned about keeping David Lee and Carl Landry off the boards.
Lee, who returned from a one-game suspension on Friday and posted his NBA-best 38th double-double with 10 points and 19 rebounds, had team highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 96-89 victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 28. Landry added 15 points and 11 boards to help Golden State win the rebounding battle 52-43.
The Warriors, who open a season-high seven-game homestand on Monday against Toronto, have lost four straight in Philadelphia.
All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, who had 21 points and 10 assists in the December loss in Oakland, leads the Sixetrs with 17.7 points and 7.1 assists per game during their slide.
Philadelphia is enduring its longest losing streak since an 0-12 stretch that ended with a 117-101 home win over Golden State on Dec. 14, 2009.