After wrapping up 2010 with a victory, the Warriors will look to begin 2011 the same way. Golden State will continue their road trip when they face the Miami Heat on New Year's Day, and fans can catch the 4:30 tip-off on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area or KNBR 680.
The Warriors will enter Saturday's contest knowing that they are in for a challenge, but they will also be riding the momentum of Friday's victory. Golden State held off a late run by the Bobcats and secured a 96-95 win, led by Monta Ellis' 25 points and five assists.
Another player who came up big in the win was Stephen Curry. Playing in his hometown of Charlotte, Curry scored 24 points and knocked down 4-of-5 three-pointers. Curry seemed to thrive on the challenge of playing at home, and his presence has been a welcome sight for the Warriors after he missed six games earlier in the month due to a sprained ankle. Curry intially struggled with his shot after coming back from the injury, but he looked to have it back on Friday, setting the tone at the outset of the game by hitting the first shot of the contest. He will continue to be counted on heavily by the Warriors as they enter the new year, and Saturday's contest will give him another chance to prove that he's one of the top young point guards in the league.
The third game of the Warriors road trip may be the toughest one for the team, as they will face a Miami Heat team that has won 16 of its past 17 games. After beginning the season with a 9-8 record, Miami put everything together and has been playing exceptional basketball ever since. Led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have been in the spotlight all season. The Warriors certainly are aware of this, but they also know that they cannot get caught up in the hoopla. In the teams' previous meeting on December 10 in Oakland, the Warriors played the Heat even in the first half before Miami pulled away in the third quarter and secured a 106-94 win. However, the Warriors were playing without Stephen Curry in that game, so they will be anxious to get another shot at the Heat with Curry back in the lineup. The Warriors have won four of their last five games and winning on Saturday would go a long way in showing that the team is on the rise.
Following their New Year's Day game in Miami, the Warriors will have one day off before contiuing their road trip in Orlando on Monday. From there, they will close out their trip against the Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday before coming back home to host the Cavaliers on Friday, January 7, in a Family And Friends contest.
With three days off before a recent road game, the Warriors kept busy not only at work at practice, but also in the community. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and see how Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright are brightening the holiday seasons for Bay Area families in need.
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