Coming off of Wednesdays thrilling win, the Warriors will return to action on Friday to host the Sacramento Kings . The Northern California showdown will mark another Family and Friends contest at Oracle Arena, allowing fans to save up to $33 per ticket on a package that includes a hot dog, soda and bag of chips with each ticket purchased. Packages start at less than $50 and are available in both the lower level and Club 200. Fans unable to attend the game will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
Fridays contest will mark the end of a five-game homestand for the Warriors, and what a homestand its been so far. Starting with January 12s classic match-up against the Lakers that ultimately ended in a Warriors defeat, it has been non-stop action and excitement at Oracle Arena. More thrills were in store on Wednesday, as Monta Ellis knocked down a jumper with 0.6 seconds left to lift the Warriors to a 110-108 victory over the Pacers. The game-winning jumper capped a 36-point, six-assist night, which added more fuel to the fire for Ellis All-Star candidacy. Speaking of the All-Star Game, theres still time to cast your vote for this years starters. (VOTE NOW!)
Ellis heroics gave the Warriors their third-consecutive victory, which matches the teams longest streak of the season. The Warriors have now won nine of their last 14 games and the team shows no signs of slowing down. This stretch of quality basketball has coincided with the teams return to full health. Stephen Curry, David Lee and Andris Biedrins have all missed significant time due to injuries this season, but they are all now back at full strength and the Warriors are playing as a cohesive unit as a result.
The Warriors have been quite successful at home this season (12-7), but their recent 9-5 stretch actually began on the road against the Sacramento Kings on December 21. In that game, Vladimir Radmanovic knocked down a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into overtime after the Warriors had trailed by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter, and Ellis scored nine of his 36 points in the extra frame to give Golden State a 117-109 win over its Northern California rival.
Theres no question that the Kings will be looking to avenge that bitter defeat, and they will be especially hungry to do so after losing their last three games, most recently on Wednesday with a 94-90 overtime loss to Portland. Despite owning the worst record in the Western Conference, the Kings have a dynamic backcourt in Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih, and rookie center DeMarcus Cousins is coming along quite nicely with averages of 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in January. The Kings can be a dangerous team they won in New York last week so the Warriors will have to keep up their strong play should they extend their current winning streak to four games.
Following Fridays homestand finale, the Warriors will play the back end of a back-to-back in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Saturday before opening an eight-game homestand against the Spurs on Monday in one of Jacks Box Office Specials. Other upcoming home games include the Hornets (Jan. 26), the Bobcats (Jan. 28), the Jazz (Jan. 30), the Bucks (Feb. 3), the Bulls (Feb. 5), the Suns (Feb. 7) and the Nuggets (Feb. 9).
Monta Ellis ranks among the league leaders in several categories, but the praise from his peers might make for his best case to become a 2010-11 NBA All-Star. Read the most recent warriors.com blog entry and find out what Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are saying about the All-Star guard.
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